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Sharks face Montreal Canadiens: NHL odds preview and stats

San Jose Sharks

Montreal Canadiens
8-1-1 October 26, 2013, 07:00 PM | Bell Centre 6-4-0

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

The Sharks will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-1-1 this season, while the Canadiens are 6-4-0. San Jose is 4-5-1 on the totals; Montreal is 3-7.

View San Jose Sharks vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Canadiens in this one found them earlier as 105 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Canadiens at No. 2 and the Sharks at No. 1 heading into this contest.

Last time out for San Jose, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -110 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Canadiens were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Ducks. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 3.3 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 3 at 1.8 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 25.58% while the Sharks defense kills off 86.67% of their penalties.

A few Sharks at Canadiens trends to consider:
San Jose is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of San Jose's last 15 games
San Jose is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games on the road
Montreal is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 9 games
Montreal is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing San Jose
Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Jose

Next up:
San Jose at Ottawa, Sunday, October 27th
Montreal at New York, Monday, October 28th