Canadiens vs Blues Prediction - NHL Picks 11/4/23

St. Louis Blues (4-4-1) vs Montreal Canadiens (5-3-2)

Game Info: Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -122 / Montreal Canadiens +102 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens will play the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at the Enterprise Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. Montreal has lost two games in a row, while St. Louis has lost two of their last three games. 

Canadiens Preview

The Montreal Canadiens are 5-3-2 this season after they lost to the Arizona Coyotes by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Montreal tied the game up at two in the third period, but Arizona scored the winning goal about three minutes later to win. The Canadiens were out shot by a total of 35-30 and won 63.5% of the face-offs in the game. Montreal also lost to Vegas by a score of 3-2 in the game prior. The Montreal Canadiens are scoring 2.90 goals per game and they are allowing 3.10 goals against per game, while going 20% on the power play and 75% on the penalty kill. Cole Caufield has led the Canadiens this year with four goals, six assists, and 40 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Montreal is Jake Allen, who is 3-1-1 this season with a 2.72 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. 

Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are 4-4-1 this year after they defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 4-1 in their last game. St. Louis led 2-0 in the second period, but New Jersey cut the lead to one, before the Blues added two third period goals to pull away. The Blues out shot New Jersey by a total of 35-34 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. St. Louis had lost their previous two games against Colorado and Vancouver by a total of 9-1. The St. Louis Blues are scoring 1.75 goals per game and they are allowing 2.88 goals against per game, while going 4.0% on the power play and 78.3% on the penalty kill. Robert Thomas has led the Blues this year with three goals, four assists, and 19 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for St. Louis is Joel Hofer, who is 1-1-0 this season with a 3.01 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. 

St. Louis Blues Team Facts

  • The Blues have lost seven of their last eight games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The Blues have failed to cover the puck line in seven of their last eight games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Blues' last 16 Saturday night games at Enterprise Center.
  • The Blues have lost the third period in five of their last six games following a win.

Montreal Canadiens Team Facts

  • The Canadiens have won each of their last three games as underdogs against the Blues.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in six of the Canadiens' last seven games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Canadiens' last four games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
  • The Canadiens have lost the third period in six of their last seven games as underdogs following a road loss.

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Jakub Vrana has scored a goal in three of the Blues' last four games as favorites.
  • Brayden Schenn has recorded at least one assist in five of the Blues' last six games as favorites.
  • Sammy Blais has recorded at least one point in each of the Blues' last seven games as favorites.

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Sean Monahan has scored a goal in each of the Canadiens' last four games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Brendan Gallagher has recorded at least one point in seven of his eight previous appearances against the Blues at Enterprise Center.
  • Christian Dvorak has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • Nick Suzuki has the most multi-assist games for the Canadiens this season (2).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The St. Louis Blues ranks 32nd in the league for power play goals this season (1).
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks 32nd in the league in penalty minutes this season (65).
  • The Montreal Canadiens ranks T29th in the league for power play goals against this season (12).
  • The Montreal Canadiens ranks T4th in the league in short handed goals this season (2).

Pick

Montreal started the season playing pretty well, but they have lost two games in a row and three out of their last four games have gone to overtime. The Canadiens are only scoring 2.90 goals per game, but their defense has been much improved from last season. St. Louis played on Friday night, so they will be on the second night of a back to back, but they should have some momentum following their win. The Blues have played well at home this season, compared to playing very poorly on the road, but I like Montreal in this spot. The Canadiens have the rest advantage and I like how they have looked this year. Take Montreal here. 

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