Hockey Matchup - Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Odds Preview

8-5-0 November 01, 2013, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 6-4-3

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Montreal duelling Minnesota on Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild bring a 6-4-3 record to the battle against the 8-5-0 Canadiens. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 4-7-2 so far and the Canadiens go 3-10.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

On the Sportsbook NHL line for this matchup, Minnesota sat as -126 Favorite over at Sportsbook. The total was set at 5 at Sportsbook but may move closer to puck drop.

This game puts the Wild, most recently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Canadiens, who rate a No. 6 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Montreal was a 2-1 Sportsbook at home against the Stars. Bettors on Montreal at -145 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 5-1 loser as they battled the Blackhawks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -132 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 2.31 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 2 at 1.77 goals allowed. The Wild power play is averaging 24.53% while the Canadiens defense kills off 84.31% of their penalties.

Next up:
Montreal at Colorado, Saturday, November 2nd
Minnesota at New Jersey, Sunday, November 3rd
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