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Hockey odds preview - Montreal vs. Chicago

Montreal CanadiensChicago Blackhawks
Dec 21, 7:30 PM | United Center

Montreal Canadiens vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds

13-14-7TEAM RECORD21-9-4

Hockey bettors look for value at United Center on Wednesday as host Chicago battles the Montreal Canadiens in hockey odds action.

The Blackhawks sit at 21-9-4 on the season; in comparison, the Canadiens are currently 13-14-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Chicago is 19-15 OU, and Montreal is 14-17-3 OU.

View Montreal vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Montreal before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-180-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 5.5.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 7 (Blackhawks) and the No. 14 (Canadiens) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 5-ranked offense (3.3 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.7 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 19.8% rate while the Canadiens have a 89.1% rate on the penalty kill.

Montreal lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Bruins on December 19. Bettors who backed the Bruins at -210 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Penguins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -103 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Winnipeg are 5-5
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Canadiens at Blackhawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing Chicago
Montreal is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 8 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing at home against Montreal

Next up:
Montreal at Winnipeg, Thursday, December 22
Chicago home to Columbus, Monday, December 26