Two of the hottest teams in the NHL – other than the Flames – are the Blackhawks and the Canadiens. They’ll square off at the Bell Centre in Montreal this evening with the Habs winning eight of their last 10 and the Blackhawks 13 of their last 16. The ’Hawks got the better of the Canadiens in their home half of the season series but are just 2-6 straight up in their last eight games in the City of Saints.
– Shark BITES
- The Blackhawks are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Blackhawks’ last 5 games at the Bell Centre.
- Carey Price is 4-0-0 and has given up just 4 goals on the 105 shots he’s faced in March.
It’s clear that the Canadiens have been a different team since Claude Julien took over but the biggest difference is in the blue paint. Their superstar goaltender, Carey Price, has been a man possessed since the coaching change, going 7-2-0 as a starter and never posting a save percentage lower than .913. He’ll likely get the start this evening and be facing his Team Canada counterpart Corey Crawford, who’s been no slouch himself since the all-star break.
The line for tonight opened with the teams fairly even and given how Price has been known to play at home when he’s hot, taking the Habs barely minus-money seems like an easily digestible wager.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Montreal Canadiens were listed earlier today as -115 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds – Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 2.9-2.4 result in favor of the Canadiens. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Montreal will face the 43-20-5 Blackhawks. In totals betting, the Canadiens are 25-31-13 in over under betting so far this season while the Chicago Blackhawks are 31-26-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Chicago injuries news.
The Odds – Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Montreal Canadiens at No. 27 and the Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 heading into this contest.
The game also pits Montreal’s No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 2.74 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.51 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 20.3% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 77.59% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Chicago won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Wild on March 12. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -107 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
Montreal won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Oilers on March 12. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at +118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.
- Chicago is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
- Chicago is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chicago’s last 16 games
- Chicago is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- Montreal is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
- Montreal is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal’s last 12 games
- Montreal is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago at Ottawa, Thursday, March 16th
Montreal at Ottawa, Saturday, March 18th