In their first head-to-head matchup of the regular season, the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings collide at Little Caesars Arena in an Original Six showdown. Reseau Des Sports will showcase the matchup, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 30.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds
Montreal is 11-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 26 regular season contests, 12 of its games have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just two have pushed. As an away team this season, the Habs are 4-8 SU.
Montreal has converted on just 15.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off 78.2 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Habs have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, 4.0 per game over its past five outings total, and 4.0 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
With a .902 save percentage and 27.0 saves per game, Carey Price (6-8-1) has been the best option in goal for Montreal this season. Price played last night, however, so Montreal may choose to rest him and instead turn to Charlie Lindgren (3-5-1 record, .924 save percentage, 2.43 goals against average).
The visiting Canadiens will be led by Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher. Drouin (17 points) has tallied five goals and 12 assists, and has recorded two or more points in four different games. Gallagher has 10 goals and five assists to his nameand has notched a point in 12 games.
On the other bench, Detroit is 10-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 13 of its games have gone under the total, while 12 have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 4-8 SU as the home team this year.
The Red Wings have converted on just 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Red Wings skaters have been penalized 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Jimmy Howard has stopped 27.4 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Red Wings. Howard has eight wins, 12 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a 2.57 goals against average and a .921 save percentage this season.
Dylan Larkin (four goals, 17 assists) will lead the attack for the home team.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Under
- Detroit is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Montreal is 1-1 in shootouts.
- The total has gone over in three of Detroit’s last five outings.
- Detroit has allowed 3.0 goals per game overall this season, but is giving up 4.0 goals per matchup on its five-game losing streak.
- Montreal skaters have accounted for the fifth-most hits in the league (24.8 per game), but that number’s down to just 19.4 hits over their last five away games.