Sharks vs Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks 1/11/24

Montreal Canadiens (17-17-6) vs San Jose Sharks (9-29-3)

Game Info: Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -152 / San Jose Sharks +126 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Jose Sharks will play the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. San Jose has lost 12 games in a row, while Montreal has lost five of their last seven. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Sharks vs Canadiens prediction.

Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks are 9-29-3 this season after they lost to Toronto by a score of 7-1 in their last game. San Jose allowed two goals in the first, two in the second, and three in the third for the blowout loss. The Sharks were out shot by a total of 46-23 and went 1-1 on the power play in the game. San Jose has played very poorly in their last 12 games and they have scored one goal or fewer in six of their last seven. The Sharks are scoring 1.98 goals per game and they are allowing 4.10 goals against per game, while going 19.4% on the power play and 71% on the penalty kill. Tomas Hertl has led San Jose with 13 goals, 15 assists, and 100 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for San Jose is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is 4-16-2 this year with a 3.87 goals against average and a .890 save percentage. 

Canadiens Preview

The Montreal Canadiens are 17-17-6 this year after they lost to Philadelphia in a shootout by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Montreal led 2-0 early in the first period, but allowed the Flyers to tie the game and lost in a shootout. The Canadiens were out shot by a total of 39-19 and went 0-1 on the power play in the game. Montreal defeated the Rangers by a score of 4-3 in the game prior to Philadelphia, but lost to Buffalo by a score of 6-1 before that. The Canadiens are scoring 2.74 goals per game and they are allowing 3.44 goals against per game, while going 17.9% on the power play and 72.7% on the penalty kill. Nick Suzuki has led Montreal with 12 goals, 22 assists, and 92 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Montreal is Sam Montembeault, who is 9-5-3 this year with a 2.93 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. 

Montreal Canadiens Team Facts

  • The Canadiens have lost each of their last six home games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Canadiens have failed to cover the puck line in 15 of their last 16 games as home favorites on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in seven of the Canadiens' last eight games as home favorites against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The road team has won the third period in each of the last five games between the Sharks and Canadiens.

San Jose Sharks Team Facts

  • The Sharks have lost each of their last 12 games against opponents who are on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Sharks have covered the puck line in each of their last seven night games at Bell Centre.
  • The favorites have won the third period in eight of the Sharks' last nine games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in three of the Sharks' last four games at Bell Centre.

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Cole Caufield has scored at least one goal in each of his last eight appearances with the Canadiens as home favorites.
  • Cole Caufield has recorded at least one point in each of his last eight appearances with the Canadiens as home favorites.
  • Jordan Harris has recorded an assist in four of his last five appearances with the Canadiens as favorites.
  • Nick Suzuki ranks 1st in the league for shootout goals (4) this season.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one assist in each of the Sharks' last four games at Bell Centre.
  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one point in each of the Sharks' last four games at Bell Centre.
  • Scott Sabourin has recorded two career assists against the Canadiens - most against any opponent (including playoffs)

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Montreal Canadiens rank T25th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.40).
  • The Montreal Canadiens are one of only two teams to win 3+ games when trailing after Period 2 this season.
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (71.01%).
  • The San Jose Sharks rank 32nd in the league for shots per game this season (25.3).

Sharks vs Canadiens Betting Prediction

San Jose comes into this game absolutely falling apart, as they have lost 12 games in a row. The Sharks are scoring less than 2.00 goals per game this season and they are 3-17-1 on the road. Montreal has played decent hockey recently, but they are coming off of a shootout loss to the Flyers and will be on a back to back here. The Canadiens have struggled on defense, but should have an easier time keeping San Jose off of the score sheet. I have to continue fading the Sharks, so give me Montreal at home. 

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