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Canadiens Simply Can’t Win In California

The Montreal Canadiens annual road trip to California has never been kind to the team and that has not changed this season, as the Habs enter their last game in the Golden State off the back of two losses to Anaheim and San Jose. The Canadiens will look to get something out of this road trip when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center, a place they haven’t won in five years, Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the Canadiens past 6 games.
  • The Kings are 6-1 in their past 7 games at home.
  • The Canadiens are 12-2 against the puckline in their past 14 road games.

Montreal’s offense has dried up with the team failing to score more than two goals in their past nine games. In contrast, the Canadiens averaged 3.4 goals per game through their first 15. Carey Price will be making his seventh consecutive start on nets and despite the team’s offensive woes, Price has posted a stellar 1.83 GAA and .935 SV% in the past six.

After some early season inconsistencies, the Kings have found their groove and enter this contest with wins in six of their past seven. In LA’s past seven games, they have scored four or more goals on four occasions, something they had only done three times through their first 17.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Los Angeles Kings in this one found them earlier as -130 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 152 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

A 2.9-2.5 result in favor of the Kings is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Montreal Canadiens vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 16-6-2 this season, while the Kings are 13-10-1. Montreal is 7-11-6 on the totals; Los Angeles is 9-11-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Montreal injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 16-ranked Los Angeles Kings and the No. 6-rated Montreal Canadiens in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Los Angeles Kings No. 15-ranked offense (2.58 goals per game) against a Montreal Canadiens defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.17 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 12.16% rate while the Canadiens have a 82.42% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Montreal was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Sharks. Bettors on San Jose at -117 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Los Angeles was a 4-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Coyotes. They won as -144 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Montreal is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Montreal is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
  • Montreal is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Montreal
  • Los Angeles is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing Montreal

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal at St. Louis, Tuesday, December 6th
Los Angeles home to Carolina, Thursday, December 8th

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