Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens - 3/19/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens - 3/19/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (13-8-8) vs Vancouver Canucks (15-16-2)

Game Info: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -177 / Vancouver Canucks +160 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens meet Friday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.

The Vancouver Canucks look for a win after winning six of their last seven games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 15 goals, Quinn Hughes has 23 assists and Bo Horvat has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 39 goals on 366 shots faced while Thatcher Demko has given up 59 goals on 741 shots.

The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 18 goals, Jonathan Douin has 18 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 51 goals on 549 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 23 goals on 296 shots.

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The Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The under is 6-0-1 in Canucks last 7 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Canadiens last 5 Friday games. The Canucks are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Montreal and 6-20 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Montreal Canadiens have won five of the seven meetings this season against the Canucks and are probably the better team on paper. However, it's the Vancouver Canucks who are playing clearly the better hockey right now and much of the season. The Habs haven't been all that impressive lately, and they're currently the fifth least profitable team in the league. History isn't on the Canucks side, but I'll gladly take this much plus money with the team that's played the better hockey up to this point.

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Randy’s Pick Vancouver Canucks +160

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