Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Canadiens versus the Blackhawks? The puck drops at 8:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on NBCS. The game will be played at United Center in Chicago, IL. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 6 goals, with the Blackhawks being the favored team playing at home against the Canadiens.
MONTREAL CANADIENS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Blackhawks -1.5
This game will be played at United Center at 8:30 ET on Friday, December 22nd.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:
- Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Blackhawks picking up a 4-3 win.
- Take the Blackhawks on the moneyline
- On the spread, we like Canadiens (+1.5)
Can the Canadiens Offense Score Enough on the Road?
The Canadiens come in with an overall record of 14-13-5. On the road, Montreal has a 7-4-3 record, whereas they are 7-9-2 at home. This record has them sitting 6th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 13th in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Montreal have posted a 20-12 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 10-4, while they are 10-8 at home. For the season, Montreal’s games have finished with an average of 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.3. Overall, the Canadiens have an over/under record of 15-16-1.
Montreal has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.
For their offensive performance, the Canadiens come in averaging 2.7 goals per game this season, which is 28th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. So far this year, the Canadiens are 3-2 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 11-11 in games with fewer shots on goal.
Montreal will be looking for a good game from Sean Monahan who leads the team in scoring with 9 goals, ranking 102nd in the NHL. Monahan also comes into the game with 10 assists.
Chicago defense takes on the Canadiens ranked 13th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.4 shots per game against Chicago. They alsso are 19th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Cayden Primeau has started six games this season. His current record stands at 3-3, and his save percentage is 0.3673469387755102%.
Will Chicago Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?
So far this season, the Blackhawks have an overall record of 10-20-1. On the road, Chicago is 4-12-0 and 6-8-1 at home. In the Western Central division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 15th.
Regarding the puck line, Chicago comes in with a 15-16 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 6-10, while their home record is 9-6. This season, Chicago’s games are averaging 5.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Blackhawks currently have an over/under record of 12-17-2.
When looking at their past three home matchups, Chicago has an puck line record of 0-3 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.4 goals per game this season, putting them in the 30th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 31st in the league. This year, the Blackhawks have recorded a 1-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 9-12 record.
Chicago’s current leading scorer is Connor Bedard. This season, he has 12 goals, which puts him 52nd in the NHL. Bedard also comes into the game with 16 assists.
Defensively, the Blackhawks come into the season ranked 13th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 32.4 shots per game against Chicago. For the season, they are ranked 19th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Goalie Petr Mrazek gets the start and has made 18 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-10, and his save percentage is 0.8979591836734694%.