Chicago Blackhawks vs. Montreal Canadiens Matchup Preview 1/15/20

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Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago Blackhawks will do battle against Tomas Tatar, Max Domi, and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in an Original Six showdown. Sportsnet will showcase the game, which gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15.

Chicago Blackhawks at Montreal Canadiens Odds

Boasting a -170 moneyline, Montreal enters the matchup as the heavy favorite. The line for the Blackhawks is standing at +150, and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -120 money on the over and +100 on the under.

Chicago is 21-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 47 regular season matches, 23 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team this season, the Hawks are 10-12 SU.

Chicago has converted on just 15.2 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-5 overall among NHL teams. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 32.0 saves per game with a .923 save percentage, Robin Lehner (14-13-5) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago this season. Lehner did just play last night, however, so head coach Jeremy Colliton may choose to rest him and roll with Corey Crawford instead (7-16-2 record, .906 save percentage, 3.09 goals against average).

Over on the other bench, Montreal is 20-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 47 regular season matches, 23 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 9-15 SU at home.

The Canadiens have converted on just 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all penalties.

Carey Price has stopped 27.3 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for the Canadiens. Price has 18 wins, 20 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a subpar .907 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average this year.

Chicago Blackhawks at Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The Blackhawks are 2-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Canadiens are 2-1 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in four of Montreal’s last five games.
  • The Canadiens have averaged the league’s most shots on goal (35.0) while the Blackhawks have attempted just the 20th-most (35.0).
  • This game features two of the more physical teams in the league. Chicago skaters have accounted for the seventh-most hits in the league (24.3 per game) and the Canadiens have recorded the fifth-most (27.4).