The Chicago Blackhawks head to Montreal on Wednesday night to take on the Canadiens. The Blackhawks hope to make it 2 in a row. They beat Anaheim on Jan. 11. Will Chicago get it done as the road dog? Or, will the Canadiens step it up for the win? Check out the NHL odds, analysis and a free pick for Blackhawks vs Canadiens!
Blackhawks vs Canadiens 2020 NHL Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Wednesday, Jan.15 at 7:30 pm ET
- Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC, CA
- TV: RSN
- Radio: Canadiens
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- Moneyline Odds: Blackhawks +126, Canadiens -156
- Over/Under Odds: 6
Why the Chicago Blackhawks are a good bet to win +126?
Although Chicago is in last place in the Central Division, they haven’t played terrible hockey this season. The Blackhawks have a 20-20-2-4 record. That’s 2 overtime losses and 4 shootout losses. Chicago beat Anaheim 4-2 in their last. In the last head-to-head, Chicago came out victorious with a 2-0 win. The Blackhawks can use those two things to springboard to a victory over Montreal.
- Goals For: 2.8
- Shots For: 30.8
- Power Plays: 15.5%
- Face-Offs: 50%
- Goals Against: 3.2
- Shots Against: 35.6
- Penalty Kills: 82.2%
- Shutouts: 3
Why the Montreal Canadiens are a good bet to win -156?
Montreal takes on the Chicago Blackhawks on their ice. That gives them the advantage. Also consider the Canadiens because they’re on a 2-match winning streak. Montreal beat Ottawa 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 11. On Jan. 13, the Canadiens bested the Calgary Flames 2-0. Not only that but the Canadiens rank in the Top 15 in goals, first in shots, and tenth in power play percentage. They should handle the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.
- Goals For: 3.1
- Shots For: 35.1
- Power Plays: 21.3%
- Face-Offs: 50.3%
- Goals Against: 3.2
- Shots Against: 31.2
- Penalty Kills: 77.3%
- Shutouts: 0
NHL Betting Trends for Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens
- Blackhawks are 10-1 in their last 11 versus the Atlantic
- Chicago is 5-1 in their last 6 road games
- Blackhawks are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest
- Over is 8-1-1 in Blackhawks last 10 games on a Wednesday
- Montreal is 2-8 in their last 10 overall
- Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 home games
- Montreal is 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite
- Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 games as a home favorite
- Under is 8-0 in Canadiens last 8 home games
Blackhawks vs Canadiens NHL Betting Analysis
Often, the home team in an NHL matchup has an edge. But in this case Montreal doesn’t. The Canadiens are 9-11-4-0 in home games this season. That’s 11 losses in regulation and 4 overtime losses.
There are other reasons to go against the Canadiens. Yes, they won their last 2 matches. They struggled big time before the 2 wins, though. From Dec. 28 to Jan. 9, the Canadiens dropped 8 straight. Tampa Bay (twice), Florida, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Detroit, and Edmonton all grabbed wins versus Montreal.
On Wednesday, they battle a team that has 46 points. Montreal has 47. There isn’t a huge difference between these two. Add in Montreal’s home ice struggles and the pick becomes obvious. Take the points on Chicago to pull off the upset.
NHL Free Pick: Blackhawks +126