Montreal vs Carolina Hurricanes NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Montreal vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction 3/7/2024

The Montreal Canadiens (24-28-10) travel to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes (36-19-6) on Thursday, March 7th. This game will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh and televised on ESPN+. The Canadiens are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hurricanes are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jets. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Canadiens vs Hurricanes

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The Montreal Canadiens Are Coming Off A Win

Montreal enters this game with an overall record of 24-28-10 and 58 points, which puts them in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. In the Atlantic Division, the Canadiens are in 7th place, and they have gone 4-14 against divisional opponents this season. Over their last ten games, Montreal has gone just 3-7, and they are 2-3 in their last five games.

On the road, the Canadiens are 12-12-7 this season, and they have been the underdog in 57 of their 62 games. Against Eastern Conference teams, Montreal has gone 12-23 this season, and they have been the underdog in each of their last ten games.

Montreal enters the game with a puck line record of 40-22 and an average scoring differential of -.7 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have dropped 18 games by more than one goal, and they have 16 wins by one goal.

As the underdog, Montreal has a puck line record of 39-18, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is -.9 goals per game. The Canadiens have won five straight games vs. the puck line and eight of their last ten. In their last ten road games, Montreal has a puck line record of 6-4.

The Canadiens are coming off a 4-3 road win over the Predators. Offensively, the Canadiens couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored two times in the second period and one goal in the third. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 30 shots on goal and had 6 turnovers.

Entering the game as the underdog, Montreal came away with a victory against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.

The Carolina Hurricanes Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

At home this season, the Hurricanes have gone 19-8-4, and they have lost their last two games at home. In the Eastern Conference, Carolina is in 5th place, and in the Metropolitan Division, they are in 2nd place. Over their last 10 games, the Hurricanes have gone 6-4, and their overall record is 36-19-6.

So far this year, Carolina has been favored in 54 of their games, and they have gone 33-15-6 in those games. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Hurricanes have gone 22-10, and in divisional games, they have gone 11-6. Over their last five games, Carolina has gone 2-3, and in their last three games, they have gone 2-1.

At home this season, the Hurricanes have a puck line record of 12-19 and an average scoring margin of +.5 goals per game. So far, they have won 22 games by more than one goal.

Carolina has been the favorite in 54 games this year and has a puck line record of 20-34 in those games. In their last ten games at home, the Hurricanes have a puck line record of just 3-7.

Coming off a 5-3 loss at home to the Jets, the Hurricanes are hoping to bounce back today. In terms of offense, the Hurricanes faced a dry spell in the first and third periods against the Jets, but they managed to score three times in the second period. Out of Carolina’s three goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 35 shots on goal and had 12 giveaways.

Carolina was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The combined total of 8 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals for the game.

Montreal Offense Breakdown

On the offensive side, the Canadiens are scoring an 2.8 goals per game this season, ranking 27th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 27th in the league. In terms of the Canadiens’ offense during power plays, they are 18th in power play goals and 20th in shorthanded goals.

For the season, the over/under record of the Canadiens’ stands at 33-27-2. They have had 33 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.

Hurricanes Offense Breakdown

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The Hurricanes come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 13th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 9th in the league. The Hurricanes went 24-16 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 11-1.

The Hurricanes’ over/under record this season is 26-34-1. For the season, they have had 29 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.

Montreal Team Defense

The Canadiens defense is currently 3rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33.1 shots per game against Montreal. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 27th with 1 shutouts.

Carolina Team Defense

Defensively, the Hurricanes are currently 32nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 25.4 shots per game against Carolina. They also are 7th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Canadiens vs Hurricanes Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Canadiens have a straight up record of 2-8 while going 6-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
  • Although Carolina has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 0-3. The team averaged 1 goals per game in these games.
  • Through their last three games as the underdog, the Hurricanes have an puck line record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Canadiens have gone 3-7 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 6-4.

Canadiens vs Hurricanes Prediction

If you’re looking for a straight moneyline bet, then the Hurricanes are the way to go. However, with a payout of -306, you might consider using this bet as a leg of a parlay.

When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Canadiens to cover. Even in the event of a Hurricanes victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Canadiens should cover the puck line.

When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.

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