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Canadiens Big Favorites Today Despite Struggles on the Road

Among other things, Martin Luther King Jr. Day means Monday afternoon hockey games and it’s actually a pretty decent slate. The Red Wings will host the Canadiens in the second wave of games today with both teams dealing with their fair share of injuries. Carey Price and Montreal are undefeated in two games against the Wings this season, including a 5-0 shutout back in November. The Habs will be a significant road favorite tonight and with their .500 record away from the Bell Centre, it could be a good game to extract some value.

  • The Canadiens are 10-2 in their last 12 games against the Red Wings.
  • The Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 games after a win.
  • The Canadiens are 10-2 in their last 12 games with a closing total of 5.5 or more.

With two days since their last game, the Canadiens’ No. 1 goaltender is in line for the start today and for once in his illustrious career, that probably doesn’t intimidate his opponent. Price (21-7-4, 2.34 GAA, .921 SV %) is in a serious slump that’s seen his goals-against average balloon and his save percentage take a nosedive. In 11 starts on the road this year, he owns just a .905 save marker and a pretty ugly 2.77 goals-against average.

The problem for the Wings, however, is that it rarely matters how many they pop on an opposing goaltender – they usually have more popped on their own. Detroit is near the bottom of the league with a team save percentage of .903 and has been allowing an average of 30.56 five-on-five shots per 60 minutes.

Although they're coming off a 6-3 beatdown of the Pens at the Joe Louis, the Wings have been horrible at following up wins. They haven’t earned back-to-back victories since early December and will be in trouble against the Habs this afternoon.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Detroit Red Wings as 122 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.1-2.5 win for the Red Wings on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Montreal Canadiens vs Detroit Red Wings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 27-11-6 this season, while the Red Wings are 18-19-6. Montreal is 20-16-8 on the totals; Detroit is 20-17-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Montreal injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Detroit Red Wings rated this week at No. 28 and the Montreal Canadiens sitting at No. 4.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Detroit's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 2.58 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.55 goals allowed. The Red Wings power play is averaging 11.03% while the Canadiens defense kills off 78.62% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Rangers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at -144 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Detroit was a 6-3 winner at home against the Penguins. Bettors on Detroit at +144 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Montreal is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Montreal is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games
  • Montreal is 13-1 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
  • Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Detroit is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 18th
Detroit home to Boston, Wednesday, January 18th