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NHL Game Preview - Canadiens underdogs vs Hurricanes at Carolina

Montreal CanadiensCarolina Hurricanes
March 7, 7:00 PM | PNC Arena

Montreal Canadiens vs Carolina Hurricanes Odds

14-5-4TEAM RECORD13-8-1

Montreal pays a visit to Carolina on Thursday, hoping to shut down the Hurricanes bats in hockey action at PNC Arena.

This season the Hurricanes are 13-8-1 overall while the Canadiens are 14-5-4. As for the totals, Carolina is 12-10 on the OU, and Montreal is 12-11.

View Montreal vs Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Hurricanes as -121 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 16-rated Hurricanes and the No. 4-ranked Canadiens, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Carolina's No. 6-ranked offense (3 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.6 goals per game allowed. The Hurricanes powerplay has clicked at a 14.3% rate while the Canadiens have a 81.3% rate on the penalty kill.

Montreal lost its last outing, a 6-3 result against the Islanders on March 5. Bettors who backed the Islanders at +105 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Hurricanes were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Carolina at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing NY Islanders are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

Carolina Hurricanes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Buffalo are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Canadiens at Hurricanes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games
Montreal is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Montreal is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Montreal's last 9 games on the road
Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games at home
Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games when playing at home against Montreal

Next up:
Montreal at Tampa Bay, Saturday, March 9
Carolina home to New Jersey, Saturday, March 9