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Canadiens face Vancouver Canucks: NHL odds preview and stats

Montreal Canadiens

Vancouver Canucks
2-2-0 October 12, 2013, 10:00 PM | Rogers Arena 3-2-0

The Vancouver Canucks will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Montreal Canadiens invade Rogers Arena on Saturday.

Supporters of the Canadiens have seen them go 2-2-0 so far this season, while the Canucks are at 3-2-0. In totals betting, the Canucks are 2-2-1, while the Canadiens are 1-3.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Canucks in this one found them earlier as -136 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

The Canucks sit at No. 14 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Canadiens sit at a No. 6 on the same chart.

In their last action, Montreal was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Oilers. Bettors on Montreal at +110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Vancouver lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Sharks on October 10. Bettors who backed the Sharks at -108 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Vancouver's No. 13-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.25 goals per game allowed. The Canucks powerplay has clicked at a 12.5% rate while the Canadiens have a 78.95% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Montreal at Atlanta, Tuesday, October 15th
Vancouver at Philadelphia, Tuesday, October 15th