Seattle Kraken at Montreal Canadiens - 3/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Seattle Kraken at Montreal Canadiens - 3/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (15-35-7) vs Seattle Kraken (17-37-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +120 / Seattle Kraken +175 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens host the Seattle Kraken in Saturday NHL Action.

The Seattle Kraken come into this road contest with an overall record of 17-37-6. Through 60 games, the Kraken are 8th in the Pacific Division.On the season, they have found the net 155 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Seattle is the 30th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.6 goals per game. So far, the Kraken have a strength of schedule rating of 5th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 30th ranked team in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Seattle Kraken with an overall record of 15-35-7. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 57 games, the Canadiens have scored 140 goals, giving them an average of 2.42. This output gives them a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 30th ranked unit, giving up 3.81 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 9th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Montreal's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 32nd in the NHL.

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Through 52 games, the Seattle Kraken goal and overall scoring leader is Jared McCann with 34 points. He has reached his mark of 22 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.7%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jordan Eberle, who has 19 assists to go along with his 15 goals. However, when on the ice the Kraken are --28 in scoring differential. Seattle's top goalie is Philipp Grubauer, who is giving up an average of 3.22 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In Montreal's 57 games, he has come up with 13 goals and 27 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.0%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson. Of his 15 goals, 7% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Canadiens are -17 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.67 goals per game. In his 28 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.381 percent of the time.

On the season, the Canadiens are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 26-31. Despite playing at home, they have covered just 11 of their 26 home games. On the season, the Montreal Canadiens have a per-game scoring differential of -1.35. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they are losing home games by an average of -1.52 goals. Heading into their game with the Seattle Kraken, the Canadiens have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 19 goals, accounting for 49.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.42 goals per game 4 times. Montreal comes into this game with an excellent opportunity to add another win to their record, as Seattle has had trouble slowing down their opponents. Look for the Canadiens to pick up the home win.

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Joe’s Pick Montreal +120

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