Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Islanders versus the Canadiens? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. In this Eastern matchup, the Islanders are favored by -1.5 goals against the Canadiens. The over/under for the game is 6 goals.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Montreal Canadiens +1.5

This game will be played at Bell Centre at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 25th.

WHY BET THE MONTREAL CANADIENS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Canadiens to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+123)
  • The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Pressure Builds for New York as Away Favorites

With an overall record of 20-16-11, the Islanders are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, New York has gone just 3-7 and has dropped four of their last five games. On the road this season, the Islanders are 8-10-5.

Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders have gone 13-13 this season. As the favorite, New York has gone 11-7-4, and they have been favored in 22 of their 47 games. Currently, the Islanders have lost two straight games as the underdog.

So far, the Islanders have an average scoring margin of -.4 goals per game and have gone 22-25 against the puck line. In their last ten games, the team’s puck line record is just 2-8.

Overall, the Islanders have gone 13-10 vs. the puck line on the road, and they have dropped their last five games against the puck line on the road. On the year, the team’s puck line record as the favorite is just 5-17.

Games involving New York have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6. In terms of their over/under performance, the Islanders come in with a record of 26-18-3.

In their last three games away from home, the Islanders have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 23rd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 21st in the league. The New York offense is ranked 19th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 5th in the NHL.

New York will be looking for a good game from Brock Nelson who leads the team in scoring with 21 goals, ranking 23rd in the NHL. Nelson also comes into the game with 17 assists.

Coming into the game, the Canadiens’ defense is 29th in takeaways at 5.4 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.3 goals per game which is 3rd in the NHL.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov gets the start and has made 13 starts this season. His record at this point is 6-4, and his save percentage is 0.495%.

Can the Canadiens Hold Strong at Home?

In the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens are currently in 14th place and 7th in the Atlantic Division. Their overall record is 19-21-7, and they have lost three straight games. Over their last ten games, Montreal has gone just 3-7, and they are 0-3 in their last three games.

When playing at home this season, the Canadiens have gone 9-12-3, and as the underdog, they have a record of 16-20-7. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, Montreal is 10-15 this season.

At home this season, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 13-11 and an average scoring margin of -1.0 goals per game. So far, Montreal has 14 wins by one goal and 15 losses by multiple goals. Their puck line mark as the underdog is 28-15.

Overall, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 28-19, and their average scoring differential for the year is at -0.8 goals per game. In their last ten games at home, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 6-4.

On average, Montreal’s games have finished with 6.4 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.4. In total, the Canadiens come in with an over/under record of 24-22-1.

Through their last three road contests, the Islanders offense has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing an average of 4. New York posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 0-3 ATS.

When looking at their offense, the Canadiens have an average of 2.7 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 28th in the league. In terms of the Canadiens’ offense during power plays, they are 18th in power play goals and 14th in shorthanded goals.

Montreal’s leading goal scorer is Cole Caufield. So far this season, he has 16 goals, placing him 55th in the NHL. Caufield also comes into the game with 20 assists.

The Canadiens’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 29th in takeaways and an average of 5.4 takeaways per contest. They hold 3rd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.3 goals given up per game.

Goalie Sam Montembeault comes into the game having made 21 starts this season. So far, his record is 10-7 and he has a save percentage of 0.757%.