Wild vs Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks 10/17/23

Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1) vs Minnesota Wild (1-1)

Game Info: Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +126 / Minnesota Wild -152 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild will play the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The Wild won their first game and lost their second game, while Montreal lost their first game and won their second game of the year. Who will get their second victory of the season here?

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 1-1-0 this year after they lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 7-4 in their last game. Minnesota led 1-0 in the first period, but they allowed Toronto to score the next four goals. The Wild did cut the lead to 4-3, but that was as close as they could get. The Wild were out shot by a total of 33-32 and went 0-1 on the power play in the loss. Minnesota defeated the Florida Panthers by a score of 2-0 in their first game of the season. The Minnesota Wild are scoring 3.00 goals per game and allowing 3.50 goals against per game, while going 20% on the power play and 66.7% on the penalty kill this year. Joel Eriksson Ek has led the Wild with one goal, one assist, and four shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is making his first start of the season. 

Canadiens Preview

The Montreal Canadiens are 1-0-1 this season after they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Montreal led this game 3-0 in the third period, but they were able to hang on for the win after allowing two third period goals. The Canadiens out shot Chicago by a total of 36-30 and they went 7-7 on the penalty kill in the win. Montreal lost to Toronto by a score of 6-5 in a shootout in their first game. The Montreal Canadiens are scoring 4.00 goals per game and allowing 3.50 goals against per game, while going 16.7% on the power play and 81.8% on the penalty kill. Sean Monahan has led the Canadiens this year with one goal, one assist, and six shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Montreal is Sam Montembeault, who is 1-0-0 this year with a 2.00 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. 

Montreal Canadiens Team Facts

  • The Canadiens have won three of their last four games as home underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • The favorites have covered the puck line in five of the last six games between the Wild and Canadiens.
  • The Canadiens have lost the first period in six of their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Canadiens' last 16 games as underdogs.

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have won 14 of their last 15 games against the Canadiens.
  • The Wild have covered the puck line in each of their last four games against the Canadiens.
  • The Wild have won the third period in six of their last seven games at Bell Centre.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in seven of the Wild's last eight games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Nick Suzuki has recorded at least one point in each of the Canadiens' last five games as underdogs.
  • David Savard has recorded an assist in each of the Canadiens' last three games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • Cole Caufield has scored at least one goal in four of his last five home appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • Cole Caufield ranks T8th in the league for Power Play Goals (1) this season.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Joel Eriksson Ek has recorded at least one point in seven of the Wild's last eight games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Matthew Boldy has scored a goal in three of the Wild's last four games against the Canadiens.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances with his team as a favorite against the Canadiens.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Montreal Canadiens ranks T1st in the league for goals in Period 2 per game this season (2.00).
  • The Montreal Canadiens ranks T2nd in the league in short handed goals this season (1).
  • The Minnesota Wild ranks T3rd in the league for opponent goals in Period 2 per game this season (0.50).
  • The Minnesota Wild ranks T29th in the league for shots against per game this season (37.0).

Pick

Both of these teams come into this matchup looking for their second win of the season, but the Canadiens will have the home ice advantage. Montreal has played well in their first two games and really should be 2-0, but blew a big lead to the Maple Leafs. Minnesota shutout Florida in their first game, but they allowed seven goals in regulation in their second game. I think we are going to see a lower scoring game in this matchup and I like the under here. Both teams had high scoring games with Toronto, but I think that is because of Toronto’s offense/defense. Take the under here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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