The Anaheim Ducks (18-31-2) travel to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (21-23-8) on Tuesday, February 13th. This game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal and televised on ESPN+. Both the Ducks and Canadiens will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Ducks vs Canadiens
The Anaheim Ducks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the road this season, the Ducks have gone 10-13-1 and are 16-27-2 as the underdog. In the Western Conference, they are 14th and 7th in the Pacific Division. Overall, their record is 18-31-2, and they have gone 4-6 in their last ten games. Over their last three games, the Ducks have gone 2-1.
So far this year, Anaheim has been the underdog in 45 of their 51 games. When they have been favored, they have gone 2-4. Against other teams in the Western Conference, the Ducks have gone 9-19, and they are 38 points on the season.
So far this season, the Ducks have been the underdog in all but six of their games. Overall, their puck line record is 27-24, and they have gone 26-19 vs. the puck line as the underdog. Anaheim comes into this game with a puck line record of 4-6 over their last ten games and 3-2 in their previous five.
On the road, the Ducks have gone 14-10 vs. the puck line, and their average scoring margin away from home is at -0.9 goals per game. So far, they have had 21 losses by more than one goal compared to just 10 wins by multiple goals.
The Ducks are looking to bounce back from a 5-3 loss at home to the Oilers. Facing off against the Oilers’ defense, the Ducks offense scored in all three periods. Of Anaheim’s three goals, two were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 27 shots on goal and six giveaways.
Anaheim entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. With a combined total of 8 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
The Montreal Canadiens Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At 21-23-8, the Canadiens are in 6th place in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, Montreal is just 4-6, and they come into the game having lost two straight games. On the year, the Canadiens have been the underdog in 48 of their 52 games.
When playing at home, Montreal is 10-14-3, and they have dropped two straight games as the home team. Against the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens have gone 12-16 this season, and they have a record of 4-11 in divisional matchups. Over their last five games, Montreal has gone just 2-3, and they are 2-3 in their last five games against the Ducks.
Montreal enters this game with a puck line record of 32-20, and their average scoring margin for the season sits at -0.8 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have had 15 of their 27 home games decided by multiple goals.
On the year, Montreal has been the favorite in just four games and their puck line record as the favorite is 0-4. As the underdog, the Canadiens have gone 32-16 against the puck line.
Coming off a 7-2 loss at home to the Blues, the Canadiens are hoping to bounce back today. The Canadiens scored one goal in the first period against the Blues and found the net one time in the 3rd period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 32 shots on goal and had 10 turnovers.
Coming in as the underdog, Montreal not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
Anaheim Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game which is 29th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 27th in the league. Anaheim’s offense is currently ranked 21st in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 12th in the league.
For the season, the over/under record of the Ducks’ stands at 23-25-3. They have had 23 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Canadiens Offense Breakdown
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. So far this year, the Canadiens are 4-3 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 17-19 in games with fewer shots on goal.
So far, the Canadiens have an over/under record of 27-24-1. Coming into the game, they have played 27 games that went beyond the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.4 goals per game.
Anaheim Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Ducks’ defense is 27th in takeaways at 6 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 6th in the NHL.
Montreal Team Defense
Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 29th in takeaways, averaging 5.5 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 3rd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.
Ducks vs Canadiens Trends
- Across their last three road contests, Anaheim has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Montreal has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-2.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Montreal has an puck line mark of 4-1 while going 2-3 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Ducks have an puck line mark of just 0-3 in their last three games. Anaheim posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Canadiens to pick up on a win over the Ducks at home. With the moneyline sitting at -145, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Canadiens straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Ducks to cover. Even if the Canadiens secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Ducks should cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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