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Red Wings vs Canadiens Hockey Game Preview

Detroit Red Wings

Montreal Canadiens
26-20-12 February 26, 2014, 07:30 PM | Bell Centre 32-21-6

NHL wagering interest swings to the Montreal vs Detroit battle on Wednesday at Bell Centre as the Canadiens try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Red Wings will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 26-20-12 this season, while the Canadiens are 32-21-6. Detroit is 25-28-5 on the totals; Montreal is 18-32-9.

View Detroit Red Wings vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Red Wings listed earlier today as underdogs of 115 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

The Canadiens sit at No. 18 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Red Wings sit at a No. 22 on the same chart.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Lightning on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -120 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Montreal was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Montreal at -103 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 2.51 goals per game, against a Red Wings defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.81 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 19.07% while the Red Wings defense kills off 83.03% of their penalties.

Next up:
Detroit at Ottawa, Thursday, February 27th
Montreal at Pittsburgh, Thursday, February 27th