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Bumbling Habs limp into Los Angeles

Remember 1993 when these two teams were the toast of the NHL? Yeah, me neither. The Montreal Canadiens are on a miserable run to start the season with a record of 1-4-1 and now go into the Staples Center trying to dethrone the Los Angeles Kings.

SHARK BITES
  • The Canadiens are 29-11 SU in their last 40 games in October.
  • The visiting team is 2-5 SU in its last seven games in this matchup.
  • Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is ranked 7th in save percentage and 8th in GAA.

If you’re looking for any inspiration to wager on the Habs, you may want to pay attention to these stats. The Habs’ struggles have translated to an awful betting record this season as they’re 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games. Bettors should steer clear of any Montreal puckline wagers for the near future until they figure out how to score goals. The Habs are only averaging 1.5 goals per game in six games overall. Carey Price may be the best goaltender in the world but even he can’t stop AND score the puck.

All the trends point to Los Angeles easily dominating this matchup. The Kings are 4-1 SU in their last five games and hold a steady puckline record at 4-2. If Drew Doughty continues his Norris Trophy level of play, the Kings should be able to keep the inept Habs off the board. On the road, the Canadiens struggle to score goals as the total has gone UNDER in 8 of their last 11 games away from the Bell Centre.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Kings currently sport a record of 4-0-1. The Montreal Canadiens are 1-4-1. Betting totals have seen the Kings post a 2-2-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Canadiens have gone 3-2-1 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Montreal injuries news.

The Canadiens-Kings odds would favor the Kings if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 10 in the current OddsShark poll, while Montreal is at No. 20.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 3.2 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 23 at 3.67 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 18.18% while the Canadiens defense kills off 78.26% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Canadiens were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Sharks. That made winners of bettors who got San Jose at -124 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Islanders on October 15. Bettors who backed the Kings at -131 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Montreal is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal at Anaheim, Friday, October 20
Los Angeles at Columbus, Saturday, October 21

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