Kraken vs Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks 12/4/23

Montreal Canadiens (10-11-3) vs Seattle Kraken (8-11-6)

Game Info: Monday, December 4, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)

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

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The Seattle Kraken will play the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Seattle has lost four games in a row, while Montreal has dropped three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Kraken vs Canadiens prediction. 

Kraken Preview

The Seattle Kraken are 8-11-6 this year after they lost to Ottawa by a score of 2-0 in their last game. Seattle allowed a goal in the first and second periods in the shutout loss. The Kraken out shot Ottawa by a total of 39-28 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Seattle has also lost to Toronto, Chicago, and Vancouver during this four game losing streak. The Kraken are scoring 2.68 goals per game and they are allowing 3.40 goals against per game, while going 21% on the power play and 75.7% on the penalty kill. Oliver Bjorkstrand has led Seattle with seven goals, 13 assists, and 65 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Seattle is Philipp Grubauer, who is 5-7-1 this year with a 3.37 goals against average and a .882 save percentage. The Kraken now have 22 points, three below the 8th-placed St. Louis Blues, who are currently in the playoff picture.

Canadiens Preview

The Montreal Canadiens are 10-11-3 this season after they lost to Detroit by a score of 5-4 in overtime in their last game. Montreal trailed 3-0 in the first period, but they were able to tie the game in the third, before losing in the extra frame. The Canadiens were out shot by a total of 33-30 and went 1-5 on the power play in the game. Montreal lost to Florida by a score of 5-1 in the game before Detroit, but they did defeat Colorado in the game prior to that. The Canadiens are scoring 2.75 goals per game and they are allowing 3.54 goals against per game, while going 16.9% on the power play and 73.9% on the penalty kill. Nick Suzuki has led Montreal with seven goals, 13 assists, and 56 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Montreal is Sam Montembeault, who is 5-3-1 this season with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. The Canadiens collected 23 points thus far, three less than the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders, who are occupying the 7th and 8th place in the Eastern Conference, respectively. 

Montreal Canadiens Team Facts

  • The Canadiens have lost each of their last five night games at Bell Centre.
  • The Canadiens have covered the puck line in five of their last six games as underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Canadiens have lost the second period in seven of their last eight games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in 13 of the Canadiens' last 14 games as underdogs.

Seattle Kraken Team Facts

  • The Kraken have lost eight of their last nine night games against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Kraken have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last five games against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Kraken have lost the second period in six of their last seven games following a road loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Kraken's last six games as favorites.

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Kirby Dach has recorded at least one point in six of his last seven appearances with the Canadiens as underdogs.
  • David Savard has recorded an assist in three of his last four appearances with the Canadiens as home underdogs.
  • Nick Suzuki has the equal-most multi-assist games for the Canadiens this season (3).

Seattle Kraken Player Prop Facts

  • Vince Dunn has scored a goal in three of his four previous appearances at Bell Centre.
  • Jared McCann has recorded at least one point in nine of the Kraken's last 10 games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Andre Burakovsky has recorded an assist in five of his last six appearances with his team as a favorite against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Eeli Tolvanen has the highest Plus/Minus for the Kraken this season (+3).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Montreal Canadiens ranks T26th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (73.91%).
  • The Montreal Canadiens ranks 32nd in the league for Period 1 goals scored per game this season (0.54).
  • The Seattle Kraken are one of only three teams to lose 10+ games when tied or leading after Period 1 this season.
  • The Seattle Kraken ranks T29th in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.68).

Kraken vs Canadiens Betting Prediction

Both of these teams enter this matchup struggling in their last few games, but Montreal will have the home ice advantage. The Canadiens showed some fight in their comeback against Detroit, but couldn’t get the job done in overtime. Seattle is 4-5-5 on the road and they have been outscored 10-6 in their last three road games. Two of those losses for Seattle came against Ottawa and Chicago, so this team is really struggling. I like Montreal at home in this matchup. 

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