Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars Game Preview 11/2/19

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Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher, and the Montreal Canadiens will face off against Roope Hintz, Tyler Seguin, and the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center in an East-West showdown. The action will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 2, and it will air live on Fox Sports Southwest.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars Odds

Montreal (-105) is entering this one as the underdog to Dallas (-115) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.

Montreal is 7-6 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 13 regular season contests, eight of its games have gone over the total, while four have gone under and just one has pushed. This 2019-20 Canadiens team is 4-3 SU on the road.

The Canadiens have scored on 23.3 percent of their power play chances thus far. That’s a noticeable step forward from last season, when they were ranked 30th in the league by scoring on 13.3 percent of their extra-man advantages. Their penalty kill has fallen off drastically, however, as they’ve gone from successfully defending 80.9 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked 11th overall last season) to 71.8 percent this year..

Boasting a .914 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Carey Price (6-4-1) has been the best option in goal for Montreal this year. If Montreal decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Keith Kinkaid (1-2-1 record, .879 save percentage, 4.35 goals against average).

Over on the other bench, Dallas is 6-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. 10 of its contests have gone under the total, while four have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 3-4 SU at home this season.

The Stars have converted on just 9.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.

Ben Bishop has stopped 25.0 shots per game as the primary option in the crease for the Stars. Bishop has four wins, six losses, and one overtime loss to his name and has recorded a 2.48 goals against average and a .916 save percentage this year.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone under in four of Dallas’ last five outings.
  • After averaging 34.1 shots per game as a team last season (the second-most in the league), Montreal’s attempted 34.2 shots per game overall this season, and 33.9 in its last 10 games.
  • Eight of Montreal’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-3 in those games.
  • Montreal skaters registered 26.9 hits per game last season, while the Stars logged 22.7 hits per matchup.