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Canucks vs Canadiens Hockey Game Preview

Vancouver Canucks

Montreal Canadiens
27-22-9 February 06, 2014, 07:30 PM | Bell Centre 30-21-6

Bell Centre hosts an NHL battle between the Montreal Canadiens and the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

The Canadiens sit at 30-21-6 on the season; in comparison, the Canucks are currently 27-22-9. Looking to wager on the totals? Montreal is 17-32-8 OU, and Vancouver is 19-31-8 OU.

View Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Canadiens as -121 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5 at BetOnline.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 28-ranked Canadiens and the No. 29-rated Canucks in this matchup.

In their last action, Vancouver was a 3-1 loser on the road against the Bruins. Bettors on Boston at -230 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Montreal won its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Flames on February 4. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -175 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.44 goals per game, against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.62 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 18.75% while the Canucks defense kills off 84.97% of their penalties.

A few Canucks at Canadiens trends to consider:
Vancouver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vancouver's last 6 games
Vancouver is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games on the road
Montreal is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Vancouver at Toronto, Saturday, February 8th
Montreal at Carolina, Saturday, February 8th