Canucks vs Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks 11/12/23

Montreal Canadiens (6-5-2) vs Vancouver Canucks (10-2-1)

Game Info: Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +145 / Vancouver Canucks -182 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens face off on Sunday in an NHL showdown at the Centre Bell. 

Can Canadiens Defense Step Up?

The Canadiens defense has been inconsistent this season, and they are going to have their hands full in this game. If they want a chance to secure a victory, they are going to need the defense to step up here. On Thursday, the Canadiens gave up only two goals, and they are going to need that defense to continue the success here. The Canadiens on the season are averaging 2.92 goals per game, while their defense is giving 3.38 goals per game. The offense is ranked 22nd in the league, while the defense is ranked 21st. Cole Caufield has scored five goals and added eight assists. 

Canadiens Betting Trends

  • The Canadiens have won each of their last three games as home underdogs following an overtime win.
  • The Canadiens have covered the puck line in each of their last six games as underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the last four games between the Canucks and Canadiens.
  • The Canadiens have won the third period in each of their last four games following an overtime win.

Canucks Need Offense to be Good

The Canucks headed into Saturday night’s game with a 10-2-1 record overall and in this game they are going to need the offense to be good early. On Thursday, the Canucks faced off against the Ottawa Senators, and they scored five goals on the way to the victory. The Canucks are averaging 4.54 goals, while their defense is giving up 2.0 goals per game. The offense is naked 1st while the defense is ranked second.

Canucks Betting Trends

  • The Canucks have lost three of their last four games as favorites against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Canucks have covered the puck line in 10 of their last 11 games.
  • The Canucks have lost the first period in eight of their last nine night games at Bell Centre.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Canucks' last nine games as favorites against opponents on a winning streak.

Shane’s Free Pick

The better team is the Canucks, and they are going to have little issues in this game. The Canucks' offense is elite, and they will have zero issues in this game. Look for the Canucks to score at least four goals here, and that will be enough to secure the victory. I do believe this game will also go over the total, but the play here is with the Canucks on the money line.

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

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