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Habs Just Can’t Beat the ’Hawks

Hitting a bump in the road last night, the Blackhawks dropped their first point of the season in an overtime loss to the Leafs. Chicago held a 3-1 lead late in the third period of the contest but was heavily outshot (43-21) and goaltender Anton Forsberg could not withstand the offensive barrage. He’ll give way to Corey Crawford (.968 save percentage) this evening when the ’Hawks take on the Habs in their second game in as many nights.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blackhawks are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the 2nd half of a back-to-back.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Blackhawks’ last 5 games on the 2nd half of a back-to-back.
  • The Blackhawks are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games against the Canadiens.

Averaging six goals per game so far, the Blackhawks offense looks as lethal as ever and to the Canadiens, it probably looks insurmountable. Montreal has just three total goals after three games – for the lowest average in the NHL – and it appears as if the worries about where the Habs’ scoring would come from this season were warranted.

All that said, the ’Hawks are not an unbeatable team this year and the Canadiens still have Carey Price. Montreal’s lumbering blue line should clog up Chicago’s attack and limit opportunities. Given how his forwards have been playing, Claude Julien will want to play this one as close to the chest as possible.

Don’t expect the same high-flying Blackhawks team we’ve seen through three games. Monitor the total here and target the UNDER if you see a 5.5.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Montreal sat as -111 over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.4-2.3 win for 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 Chicago Blackhawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 2-0-1 this season, while the Canadiens are 1-2-0. Chicago is 3-0 against the total, while Montreal is 1-1-1 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Chicago injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Montreal Canadiens rated this week at No. 20 and the Chicago Blackhawks sitting at No. 14.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Maple Leafs on Monday. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at -157 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Canadiens were a 2-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -118 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
  • Chicago is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games on the road
  • Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Montreal is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • Montreal is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Minnesota, Thursday, October 12
Montreal home to Toronto, Saturday, October 14

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