J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson, and the Vancouver Canucks will face off against Tomas Tatar, Phillip Danault, and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in a cross-country showdown. The match will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, and it can be watched live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens Odds
Vancouver is 33-28 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 4.7 units this season. Through 61 regular season matches, 33 of its games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just three have pushed. This 2019-20 Canucks team is 13-17 SU on the road.
Vancouver has converted on 23.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.1 percent of all penalties..
Sporting a .918 save percentage and 30.3 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (23-20-4) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver this year. If it decides to rest him, however, the team may turn to Thatcher Demko (11-9-2), who has a .905 save percentage and 3.03 goals against average this year.
On the other side of the ice, Montreal is 29-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 33 of its matches have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just three have pushed. It’s 13-20 SU as the home team this season.
The Canadiens have converted on just 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.5 percent of all penalties.
Carey Price has stopped 27.6 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Canadiens. Price has 26 wins, 27 losses, and five overtime losses and has maintained a pedestrian 2.71 goals against average and a .912 save percentage this season.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Montreal Canadiens Betting Picks
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Over
The Canadiens are 8-10 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 21-25 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Two of Vancouver’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 3-3 overall in shootouts this season.
Vancouver skaters have averaged 9.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 8.1 giveaways per game (ranked seventh).
Montreal skaters have averaged 18.2 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 12.1 giveaways per game (ranked 27th).
The Canadiens this season have handed the sixth-most hits in the NHL (26.6 per game).