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Canadiens open as moneyline underdog vs Red Wings

Montreal Canadiens

Detroit Red Wings
41-26-7 March 27, 2014, 07:00 PM | Joe Louis Arena 33-25-14

The Detroit Red Wings battle the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in NHL betting action at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit battles the Canadiens, currently with a 41-26-7 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 31-35-6 for the Red Wings and 25-39-10 for the Canadiens. View Montreal Canadiens vs Detroit Red Wings Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Red Wings as -110 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Red Wings rated this week at No. 5 and the Canadiens sitting at No. 10.

In their last action, Montreal was a 2-0 winner at home against the Sabres. Bettors on Montreal at -210 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Blue Jackets on March 25. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at -141 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 19-ranked offense (2.65 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.49 goals per game allowed. The Red Wings powerplay has clicked at a 17.93% rate while the Canadiens have a 85.6% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Canadiens at Red Wings trends to consider:
Montreal is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games
Montreal is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 10 games when playing Montreal
Detroit is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Montreal

Next up:
Montreal at Florida, Saturday, March 29th
Detroit at Toronto, Saturday, March 29th