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Montreal Canadiens home to Coyotes in hockey betting action

Phoenix Coyotes

Montreal Canadiens
18-9-5 December 17, 2013, 07:30 PM | Bell Centre 20-12-3

Montreal will try to be nasty hosts on Tuesday when the Phoenix Coyotes pay a visit to Bell Centre.

The Coyotes will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 18-9-5 this season, while the Canadiens are 20-12-3. Phoenix is 19-12-1 against the total, while Montreal is 9-22-4 versus the number.

View Phoenix Coyotes vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Phoenix before puck drop in this match found them as 114-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, ccording to BetOnline.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 18-ranked Canadiens and the No. 8-rated Coyotes in this matchup.

In their last action, Phoenix was a 3-1 loser at home against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Carolina at +144 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Panthers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Panthers at +160 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 2.51 goals per game, against a Coyotes defense that ranks No. 25 at 3.12 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 21.49% while the Coyotes defense kills off 78.26% of their penalties.

Next up:
Phoenix at Toronto, Thursday, December 19th
Montreal at St. Louis, Thursday, December 19th