Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Canadiens and Hurricanes. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on BSSO, and it’s hosted by the Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6 goals, and the Hurricanes are favored to win at home against the Canadiens.
MONTREAL CANADIENS VS CAROLINA HURRICANES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5
This game will be played at PNC Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.
WHY BET THE CAROLINA HURRICANES:
- With the Hurricanes being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Hurricanes.
- Take the Hurricanes on the moneyline
- On the spread, we like Canadiens (+1.5)
Will Montreal Come Through as Road Underdogs?
The Canadiens come in with an overall record of 15-13-5. On the road, Montreal has a 8-4-3 record, whereas they are 7-9-2 at home. They are currently positioned 6th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 13th in the Eastern conference.
Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Montreal has a 21-12 record. On the road they are 11-4 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is10-8. This season, Montreal’s games are averaging 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Canadiens currently have an over/under record of 16-16-1.
When looking at their past three road matchups, Montreal has an puck line record of 3-0 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
On offense, the Canadiens are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. In terms of the Canadiens’ offense during power plays, they are 17th in power play goals and 16th in shorthanded goals.
Montreal’s current leading scorer is Nick Suzuki. This season, he has 10 goals, which puts him 88th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 20 assists so far.
Carolina defense takes on the Canadiens ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 25.8 shots per game against Carolina. They alsso are 11th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Carolina, goalie Cayden Primeau has started seven games in this season. His current record is 4-3, and his save percentage stands at 0.3939393939393939%.
Do the Hurricanes Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?
The Hurricanes come in with an overall record of 18-13-4. On the road, Carolina has a 9-10-1 record, whereas they are 9-3-3 at home. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 4th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 7th.
Regarding the puck line, Carolina comes in with a 12-23 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 6-14, while their home record is 6-9. On average, Carolina’s games have finished with 6.5 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.2. In total, the Hurricanes come in with an over/under record of 17-17-1.
Although Carolina has a straight up record of 2-1 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs. the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
Offensively, the Hurricanes come into the game at 3.3 goals per contest placing 6th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 1st position in the league. This season, the Hurricanes have a 15-10 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 3-1 record.
The leading scorer for Carolina’s offense is Sebastian Aho. Coming into the game he has 14 goals, ranking 33rd in the NHL. Aho also comes into the game with 21 assists.
Defensively, the Hurricanes are currently 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 25.8 shots per game against Carolina. They also are 11th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Montreal, goalie Antti Raanta has started 12 games in this season. His current record is 6-5, and his save percentage stands at 0.4292929292929293%.