Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens Betting Preview 10/17/19

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Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Suter, and the Minnesota Wild will do battle against Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher, and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in an East-West tilt. The action will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 17, and you will be able to see it live on Fox Sports North.

Minnesota Wild vs. Montreal Canadiens Odds

The Canadiens (-165) are currently the favorite over the Wild (+145). The Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals and originally opened at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. Those odds have moved, however, and they presently sit at -110 for the over, -110 for the under.

Losing 2.9 units for moneyline gamblers, Montreal is 2-4 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 44-38 record that the team managed during the 2018-19 season campaign. Through six regular season matches, four of its games have gone over the total, while one has gone under and one has pushed. The team’s 1-2 SU at home so far this year.

The Habs have successfully connected on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities in 2019-20. That’s a big improvement from last year, when they were ranked 30th in the league by scoring on 13.3 percent of their extra-man chances. Their penalty kill has fallen off significantly year-over-year as they’ve gone from successfully defending 80.9 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked 11th overall last season) to 61.1 percent this year.

Averaging 29.4 saves per game with a .896 save percentage, Carey Price (2-3-1) has been the primary option in goal for the Habs this season. If the Habs decide to give him a rest, however, the team might roll with Keith Kinkaid (0-1-1 record, .872 save percentage, 4.93 goals against average).

On the other hand, Minnesota is 1-5 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Three of its matches have gone over the total, while one has gone under the total and two have pushed. As the away team, the Wild are 1-4 SU so far.

The Wild have scored on 15.0 percent of their power play chances this year after successfully converting on 20.3 percent of their extra-man opportunities in 2018-19 (a mark that was just better than the league average). The team has gone from killing off 81.7 percent of opponent power plays (ranked eighth overall last season) to 77.3 percent this year.

The winless Devan Dubnyk (26.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Minnesota. Dubnyk owns a 0-5 record, and has registered a .867 save percentage and 4.44 goals against average this year.

Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens Betting Picks

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

Betting Notes

  • After winning all three of their shootouts last season, the Canadiens are off to a 1-1 start in shootouts this year. The Wild were 1-4 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five games.
  • Minnesota skaters notched 19.5 hits per game last season, while the Habs forced 26.9 hits per matchup.