Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens Free Preview

Victor TrejosHockey, NHL

The Carolina Hurricanes, led by Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, are preparing to take the ice against Max Domi, Jonathan Drouin, and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in an Eastern Conference showdown. The Sports Network will broadcast the game, and the opening face-off takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 13.

Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens Odds

Each team currently has an identical -110 money line in this one. The Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals and initially opened at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. That line has shifted since then, and it now sits at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.

Montreal is 15-16 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcome improvement over the 29-53 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 31 regular season contests, 16 of its games have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 8-8 SU at home this season.

The Canadiens have converted on just 13.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that puts them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 76.0 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 26.2 saves per game with a .904 save percentage, Carey Price (11-13-4) has been the primary goalkeeper for Montreal this season. If Montreal decides to rest him, however, head coach Claude Julien might turn to Antti Niemi (4-4-4 record, .876 save percentage, 4.14 goals against average).

Carolina has lost 9.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 13-16 straight up (SU). Through 29 regular season outings, 20 of its games have gone under the total, while nine have gone over and none have pushed. The Hurricanes are 6-8 SU as an away team this season.

The Hurricanes have converted on just 16.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 15th overall and it’s successfully defended 80.0 percent of all penalties.

Curtis McElhinney (.920 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. McElhinney is averaging 27.0 saves per game and owns a 7-4-1 record.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens Betting Picks

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner \u2013 Hurricanes, O/U \u2013 Under

Betting Trends

  • The Hurricanes are 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Canadiens are 2-0 in shootouts.
  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five matches.
  • This game features two clubs that shoot the puck early and often. Carolina has taken the league’s second-most shots on goal (38.3) and Montreal has attempted the fifth-most (33.9).
  • This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Carolina skaters have accounted for the league’s fifth-most hits per game (27.0) and the Canadiens have registered the fourth-most (27.2).