Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 1/15/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (21-20-6) at Montreal Canadiens (20-20-7)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -165 / Chicago Blackhawks +149 --- Over/Under: 6
The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 24 goals, Erik Gustafsson has 13 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 68 goals on 720 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed 70 goals on 913 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 16 goals, Max Domi has 21 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 107 goals on 1,145 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Blackhawks are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. Atlantic, 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The over is 7-3 in Blackhawks last 10 overall. The under is 7-1 in Canadiens last 8 overall. The Blackhawks are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. The road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Montreal and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks are on the end of a back to back after playing an overtime game in Ottawa, so Montreal should have the edge based on the rest advantage. However, the Chicago Blackhawks have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Canadiens and are playing well enough overall to where you can strongly consider them in spots like this. The Blackhawks defense has picked up a lot over these last two weeks and they've also held their own on the end of a back to back. I don't see how anyone can turn down this price with the road team.