Carolina Hurricanes vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction NHL Picks 3/30/24

Montreal Canadiens (28-32-12) vs Carolina Hurricanes (46-21-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +170 / Carolina Hurricanes -217 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate a Hurricanes vs Canadiens betting prediction for this NHL showdown on Saturday, March 30th at the Centre Bill. We will take a look at: 

-The Carolina Hurricanes recent form and recent player performance

-The Montreal Canadiens' recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Hurricanes and Canadiens. 

Canadiens Have Won Three in a Row

The Canadiens have won three in a row and the defense has been impressive. Over the last three games, the Canadiens have given up only three goals total. In the last game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Canadiens were able to secure the 4-1 victory. In the last game against the Montreal Canadiens, the offense is averaging 2.72 goals while their defense is giving up 3.33 goals per game. Nick Suzuki has been the top player for the Canadiens putting up 30 goals and adding 39 assists. 

Hurricanes Defense Steps Up

The Hurricanes in the last game faced off against the Detroit Red Wings, and they were able to secure the 4-0 victory. Frederik Henderson started in goal, and he saved all 24 of the shots that he faced. The Hurricanes are averaging 3.38 goals, while their defense is giving up 2.62 goals per game. The Hurricanes' offense is ranked 7th in the league, while the defense is ranked 4th. Sebastian Aho has been the top player for the Hurricanes, putting up 32 goals and adding 51 assists so far this season. 

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Juraj Slafkovsky has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Canadiens' last eight games as underdogs.
  • Juraj Slafkovsky has recorded at least one point in each of the Canadiens' last nine games.
  • Kirby Dach has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances with the Canadiens as home underdogs against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Cole Caufield ranks 1st in the league for shootout goals (5) this season.

Carolina Hurricanes Player Prop Facts

  • Seth Jarvis has scored a goal in four of the Hurricanes' last five games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Jake Guentzel has recorded at least one assist in each of his last six appearances against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Sebastian Aho has recorded at least one point in each of his last 13 Saturday night appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Sebastian Aho ranks 1st in the Metropolitan Division for Plus/Minus (+30) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Montreal Canadiens rank 27th in the league for goals per game this season (2.72).
  • The Montreal Canadiens rank 25th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.33).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank 1st in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (85.59%).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank 3rd in the league in power play percentage this season (26.46%).

Canadiens vs Hurricanes Betting Prediction 

Both of these defenses have been very good heading into this game, and it’s going to be no different in this game. The Hurricanes are giving up only 2.62 goals per game, and they will step up again here. The Canadiens' defense has also been elite in the last few games. This game is going to finish 2-1 or 3-1 and that will be the difference as this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under. 

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

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