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Canadiens visit Detroit Red Wings in NHL clash

Montreal Canadiens

Detroit Red Wings
27-18-5 January 24, 2014, 07:30 PM | Joe Louis Arena 22-18-10

The hockey wagering menu sees a clash between Detroit and Montreal on Friday, with the host Red Wings trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

The Red Wings sit at 22-18-10 on the season; in comparison, the Canadiens are currently 27-18-5. Looking to wager on the totals? Detroit is 21-25-4 OU, and Montreal is 17-27-6 OU.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Detroit Red Wings Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Canadiens listed earlier today as of -105 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

This game puts the Red Wings, most recently No. 25 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Canadiens, who rate a No. 26 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 5-1 loser as they battled the Penguins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -190 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Red Wings were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blackhawks. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at +155 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 19-ranked offense (2.54 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Red Wings powerplay has clicked at a 16.37% rate while the Canadiens have a 84.85% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Montreal home to Washington, Saturday, January 25th
Detroit home to Florida, Sunday, January 26th