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Montreal Canadiens vs Chicago Blackhawks Betting Matchup Report

Chicago Blackhawks

Montreal Canadiens
29-8-9 January 11, 2014, 07:00 PM | Bell Centre 25-15-5

The Montreal Canadiens will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Chicago Blackhawks invade Bell Centre on Saturday.

The Canadiens sit at 25-15-5 on the season; in comparison, the Blackhawks are currently 29-8-9. Looking to wager on the totals? Montreal is 14-26-5 OU, and Chicago is 25-21 OU.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Montreal sat as 124 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Canadiens at No. 24 and the Blackhawks at No. 1 heading into this contest.

The Blackhawks were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got New York at +175 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Montreal lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Flyers on January 8. Bettors who backed the Flyers at -112 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 2.56 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.76 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 19.62% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 76.47% of their penalties.

A few Blackhawks at Canadiens trends to consider:
Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
Chicago is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games on the road
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Montreal is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Montreal is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Edmonton, Sunday, January 12th
Montreal home to New Jersey, Tuesday, January 14th