Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks - 3/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (28-23-6) vs Montreal Canadiens (15-34-7)
Game Info: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Arena)
Betting Odds: Vancouver Canucks -120 / Montreal Canadiens +250 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Vancouver Canucks host the Montreal Canadiens in Wednesday NHL Action.
The Montreal Canadiens come into this road contest with an overall record of 15-34-7. Through 56 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 137 times, good for a rank of 30th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 32nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.79 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 7th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 32nd ranked team in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 28-23-6. This mark places them 6th in the Pacific division. Through 57 games, the Canucks have scored 164 goals, giving them an average of 2.82. This output gives them a rank of 22nd among NHL teams. On defense, Vancouver is the 15th ranked unit, giving up 2.84 goals per contest. So far, the Canucks have played the 13th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vancouver's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 18th in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In his team's 56 games, he has come up with 13 goals and 27 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.1%. However, when on the ice, the Canadiens are -17 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson. Of his 15 goals, 7% have come during power play time. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.66 goals per game.
Through 55 games, the Vancouver Canucks' goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller, with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 22 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.5%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 40 assists to go along with his 4 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +8.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.63 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Montreal's 56 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 31-24-1. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-11-1.On the season, 57.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 39.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. In Vancouver's 57 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-28. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 9-16. On the season, 51.0% of Vancouver's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 51.0% of the scoring coming from the Canucks. With an over-under line set at 6 goals, I see this be a lower scoring game than expected, and I recommend taking the under.
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