At the top of their respective divisions, the Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks will meet tonight in the second half of their two-game season series. They had their first matchup at the start of the month in So Cal and the Sharks came away with the 2-1 triumph. The Habs have been cooling off a little and could continue to struggle in the absence of their top two centermen.
– Shark BITES
- The Canadiens have dropped three straight contests to the Sharks.
- The total has gone UNDER in six of the Canadiens’ last seven games against the Sharks.
- The total has gone UNDER in five of the Sharks’ last six games as underdog.
Montreal dropped an overtime decision to the Bruins in their last game on home ice and it was clear they are missing Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais. At 14-1-2, the Habs are still the best home team in the league but if they continue to miss opportunities like they did on Monday, winning will be tough – no matter where they’re playing or how hot Carey Price is.
Speaking of Price, he’ll get the start tonight for the Canadiens looking to build on his 16-3-2 record. He was in net for the Habs’ loss to the Sharks on Dec 2 despite stopping 28 of 30 San Jose shots.
The Canadiens have continued to be one of the best puckline bets in the NHL but beating this stingy Sharks team by a couple goals could be a tough ask.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The San Jose Sharks were listed as 113 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Friday at Bovada.
A 3-2.6 result in favor of the Canadiens is the prediction by the Odds – Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
San Jose Sharks vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
19-6-4 Montreal battles the Sharks, currently with a 18-11-1 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 10-12-7 for the Canadiens and 4-17-7 for the Sharks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs San Jose injuries news.
It’s an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Montreal Canadiens and the No. 13-ranked San Jose Sharks, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds – Shark .
Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 5-ranked offense (3.17 goals per game) against a San Jose Sharks defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 20.21% rate while the Sharks have a 81.25% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
San Jose was a 4-3 winner in its last match at home against the Hurricanes. They won as favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.
Montreal lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Bruins on December 12. Bettors who backed the Bruins at +113 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
- San Jose is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- San Jose is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- San Jose is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- San Jose is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Montreal
- Montreal is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- Montreal is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- Montreal is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
- Montreal is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing San Jose
Next Betting Matchups
San Jose at Chicago, Sunday, December 18th
Montreal at Washington, Saturday, December 17th