Hurricanes at Canadiens NHL Lines & Game Preview

Hurricanes at Canadiens NHL Lines & Game Preview

Written by on December 13, 2018

Montreal hosts Carolina in one of the more intriguing matchups on Thursday, Dec. 13. Although the Canadiens are favorites, they’re only slight favorites. Many NHL handicappers have already put dollars behind the Hurricanes. Will Carolina reward their backers? Or will Montreal do enough to get the victory?

Hurricanes at Canadiens NHL Lines & Game Preview

  • When: Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 pm ET
  • Where: Bell Center, Montreal, QC, CA
  • TV: FOX
  • Radio: Carolina / Montreal
  • Live Stream: NHL.tv
  • Moneyline Odds: Montreal -110
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 5.5
  • Puck Line Odds: Montreal -1 ½ +230

Why Carolina Hurricanes are a good bet +100?

Is Montreal a safe betting pick for Thurday night vs the Hurricanes?

Carolina’s been awful in their last 10. The Hurricanes are 5-5, meaning they’ve played .500 hockey, but they’re top heavy with losses. While the Canes went 4-1 in their first 5 of their last 10, they’ve gone 1-4 in their last 5.

That means they head to Canada cold as ice. Not to worry. Carolina beat Montreal 2-1 on Nov. 27. The Hurricanes are too good of a squad to lose 5-of-6 and, no doubt, the Canadiens are the worst team they’ve faced since beating Montreal back in November.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 2.4
  • Shots For: 38.4
  • Power Plays: 16%
  • Face-Offs: 51.7%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 2.8
  • Shots Against: 27.5
  • Penalty Kills: 80%
  • Shutouts: 2

Why Montreal Canadiens are a good bet -110?

Are the Hurricanes a safe bet for Thursday night vs the Canadiens?

Montreal’s 15-11-5 heading into their matchup with Carolina. However, the Canadiens have recently stepped it up. They’ve gone 4-1 in their last 5 with wins over NYR 5-2, back-to-back 5-2 wins over Ottawa, and a 3-2 win over Chicago.

The Canadiens are also 8-6-2 at home. Montreal’s been playing well enough to get back on the winning side of things after losing 1-7 at Minnesota on Dec. 11.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 3.1
  • Shots For: 34
  • Power Plays: 13.5%
  • Face-Offs: 46.7%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 3.3
  • Shots Against: 31.1
  • Penalty Kills: 76%
  • Shutouts: 1

NHL Betting Trends for Hurricanes at Canadiens

  • Carolina is 1-6 ATS in the last 7 games
  • Carolina is 1-4 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went UNDER in 7 of Carolina’s last 8 games
  • Montreal is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 games
  • Montreal is 4-2 SU in the last 6 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Montreal’s last 6 games

Hurricanes at Canadiens Final NHL Betting Analysis

Trends don’t mean everything, but it’s awfully difficult to go against the trends in this matchup. Carolina’s owned Montreal in the last 5 matchups, going 5-0 during that span. Not only that, but the Canes bounce back after getting drubbed in their previous match.

The bottom line here’s that Montreal, although playing much better than they did earlier in the season, just isn’t as good of a hockey team as Carolina. The Hurricanes need some relief after battling at San Jose, at Anaheim, and versus Toronto.

The Canadiens should provide that relief.

NHL Betting Pick: Carolina Hurricanes +100