Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (44-15-8) vs Montreal Canadiens (18-38-11)

Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -526 / Montreal Canadiens +375 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Montreal Canadiens in Thursday NHL Action.

The Montreal Canadiens come into this road contest with an overall record of 18-38-11. Through 67 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 173 times, good for a rank of 28th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 32nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.76 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 9th 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 Carolina Hurricanes get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 44-15-8. This mark places them 1st in the Metropolitan division. Through 67 games, the Hurricanes have scored 225 goals, giving them an average of 3.34. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.37 goals per contest. So far, the Hurricanes have played the 18th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.

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Through 67 games, the Montreal Canadiens goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki with 50 points. He has reached his mark of 18 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.3%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 19 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are --16 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.64 goals per game.

Through 64 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho, with 66 points. He has reached his mark of 30 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.4%. So far, 40.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 33 assists to go along with his 25 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.05 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Montreal's 67 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-27-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-12-1. On the season, 61.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 40.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. Coming into this game, the Hurricanes have an over-under record of 32-35. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 13-20. On the season, 51.0% of Carolina's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Hurricanes. With a line set at 6 goals, look for this game to surpass this total, in what should be a high-scoring contest.

 

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