The Montreal Canadiens (15-13-5) travel to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes (18-13-4) on Thursday, December 28th. This game will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Montreal Canadiens vs Carolina Hurricanes
The Montreal Canadiens Are Coming Off A Win
For the season, the Canadiens currently hold an overall record of 15-13-5. On the road, Montreal has gone 8-4-3 and they are 7-9-2 at home. At the moment, they hold the 6th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 13th in the Eastern conference. This season, Montreal has managed to win five games by a margin of more than one goal while losing nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 21-12.
The Canadiens most recently took on the Blackhawks and secured a win with a score of 5-2. On offense, the Canadiens were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net three times in the second period and ended with two goals in the third. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 28 shots on goal and had 2 turnovers.
Montreal was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes Are Coming Off A Win
Currently, the Hurricanes hold an overall record of 18-13-4 for the season. On the road, Carolina has a 9-10-1 record, while they are 9-3-3 at their home venue. They are currently positioned 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 7th in the Eastern conference. Carolina has 11 wins by more than one goals and dropped eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 12-23 this season.
Facing the Predators in their last game, the Hurricanes won by a score of 5-2. In terms of offense, the Hurricanes netted two goals during the opening period and three times in the second period. Out of Carolina’s five goals, three were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 25 shots on goal and had nine giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Carolina also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
Montreal Offense Breakdown
The Canadiens come into the game scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game, putting them 28th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 28th in the league. So far this year, the Canadiens are 4-2 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 11-11 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the Canadiens have an over/under record of 16-16-1. Throughout the season, they have played 16 games that went over the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.3 per game.
Carolina Offense Breakdown
The Hurricanes come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 6th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 1st in the league. In terms of the Hurricanes’ offense during power plays, they are 4th in power play goals and 6th in shorthanded goals.
This season, the over/under record for the Hurricanes’ is 17-17-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 18 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.5 goals per game.
Montreal Team Defense
Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 31st in takeaways, averaging 4.9 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 5th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Carolina Team Defense
The Hurricanes defense is currently 30th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.8 shots per game against Carolina. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 11th with 2 shutouts.
Canadiens vs Hurricanes Trends
- The Canadiens are 3-0 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
- Across the Hurricanes last three home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 1. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 2-1 straight-up.
- Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Hurricanes have gone 1-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-3.
- In their last five contests as the favorite, Montreal has a poor record vs the puck line going 2-3. But, they still put together a straight up mark of 5-0.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Canadiens to come out with a win against the Hurricanes while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at +210, I’m placing my bet on the Canadiens to win outright.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Canadiens winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Canadiens straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to 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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