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Habs look to continue win streak vs struggling Blues

The Montreal Canadiens look to win their sixth straight game tonight when they host the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis has hit a bit of a speed bump this season, going 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games. They’ll face an uphill battle versus the Habs, who are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four games at the Bell Centre. Montreal opened as the slight favorite to get the W.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the Canadiens’ last 14 games.
  • St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last six games on the road.
  • Montreal is 4-15 ATS in its last 19 games.

The Montreal Canadiens have played like a completely different team in the last two weeks and it’s pretty obvious why: Carey Price. The Habs goaltender has been dominant since his return and is one of the main reasons for the Canadiens’ recent success. During their five-game win streak, the Habs have outscored teams 24-6 and pummeled the Detroit Red Wings 10-1 in their last game. Bettors should seriously consider the Habs moneyline in this matchup.

The Blues, on the other hand, have faced their first sign of adversity this season and dropped from the top spot in the Western Conference. Every team goes through ups and downs during the course of an 82-game season so it may just be an anomaly. The good news for Blues backers is they have a great road record at 8-5 SU and are 3-0 SU in their last three games vs the Canadiens. If they come up short tonight, it may be time to start panicking in the Lou.

The total opened at 5.5 for this matchup and the UNDER may be a great way to line your pockets with some cash. The UNDER has hit in five of Montreal’s last seven games while the UNDER has also hit in four of the Blues’ last five games. As mentioned, the Habs have held opponents to six goals in the last five games so bettors shouldn’t expect an offensive explosion.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Montreal Canadiens were listed earlier today as -115 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada), while oddsmakers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Canadiens to win this game 4.6-1. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

St. Louis Blues vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens currently sport a record of 13-12-3. The St. Louis Blues are 17-8-2. Betting totals have seen the Canadiens post a 13-13-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blues have gone 13-14 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs St. Louis injuries news.

This game puts the Canadiens, most recently No. 20 in the OddsShark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Blues, who rate a No. 3 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens' No. 30-ranked offense (2.38 goals per game) against a St. Louis Blues defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.64 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens power play has clicked at a 15.73% rate while the Blues have a 75.64% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

St. Louis lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Wild on December 2. Bettors who backed the Wild at -121 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Montreal was a 10-1 winner at home against the Red Wings. Bettors on Montreal at -172 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Montreal is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Montreal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 7 games
  • Montreal is 4-15 ATS in its last 19 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis home to Dallas, Thursday, December 7
Montreal home to Calgary, Thursday, December 7

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