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Red-Hot Blackhawks Visit Canadiens

Subban Kane Canadiens Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are the hottest team in the NHL and take their eight-game winning streak into Montreal as they begin a road-heavy schedule that includes seven of the next nine games away from the United Center.

Shark Bites
  • The Canadiens are 4-13 in their last 17 games.
  • The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last four games vs the Eastern Conference.
  • The Canadiens are 0-4 in their last four games vs the Central Division.

The fantastic run by the Hawks has moved them to just two points behind the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars heading into Thursday’s showdown with the Habs.

This is the first meeting between the two teams this season with the second coming this Sunday in Chicago. If you’re a believer in trends and/or history, Thursday’s contest does not necessarily bode well for Hawks backers. In the last 12 contests between these Original Six teams, the home team has won 11 times.

The Hawks took both of last season’s meetings with the Canadiens, posting a 5-0 win at the Bell Centre in the first meeting and winning 4-3 at home in the second game.

The Habs have had an extended layoff this week as the last game they played was a 3-1 loss versus the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. At the very least, Montreal has played a bit better and has found the back of the net with more frequency since calendars flipped to January. In four games this month, the Habs have gone 2-2 and have scored 11 goals in the process.

While they certainly do miss Carey Price between the pipes, Mike Condon has performed admirably for the Canadiens, posting a 12-10-3 record with a 2.35 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

It’s a tall order for the Habs to stop the speeding locomotive that is the Blackhawks, but the fact that they are finding the back of the net at a better clip than they had been in a dreadful December might spark the Canadiens to be the team to end the streak.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Chicago Blackhawks before puck drop in this match found them as -120 moneyline favorites at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.8-1.7 result in favor of the Blackhawks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Canadiens sit at 23-17-3 on the season; in comparison, the Chicago Blackhawks are currently 28-13-4. Looking to wager on the totals? Montreal is 19-18-6 OU, and Chicago is 15-21-9 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Chicago injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 27 (Montreal Canadiens) and the No. 4 (Chicago Blackhawks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 9-ranked offense (2.84 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.36 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 17.93% rate while the Blackhawks have a 81.75% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago was a 3-2 winner in its last match at home against the Predators. They won as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Montreal was a 3-1 loser in its last match at home against the Penguins. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montreal
  • Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
  • Montreal is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Montreal's last 15 games
  • Montreal is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Toronto, Friday, January 15th
Montreal at St. Louis, Saturday, January 16th