Montreal Canadiens vs. Minnesota Wild Free Prediction


Jonathan Drouin, Max Domi, and the Montreal Canadiens will face off against Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise, and the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in an East-West tilt. The action gets started at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 11, and it can be seen live on Fox Sports North.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Minnesota Wild Odds

Montreal (+150) is currently the underdog to Minnesota (-170) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at an even 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Producing -2.6 units for moneyline bettors, Minnesota is 15-14 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to the 45-37 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. Of its 29 games this season, 14 have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 8-6 SU at home this year.

The Wild have converted on 22.1 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked second overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.6 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 26.1 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Devan Dubnyk (11-11-2) has been the primary option in goal for the Wild this year. If the Wild decide to give him a rest, however, head coach Bruce Boudreau may go with Alex Stalock (5-4-4 record, .904 save percentage, 2.65 goals against average).

Over on the other bench, Montreal is 15-15 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.6 units this year. Through 30 regular season outings, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. The Canadiens are 7-7 SU as the road team this season.

The Canadiens have converted on just 13.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Carey Price (.902 save percentage and 2.92 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Montreal. Price is averaging 26.9 saves per game and owns an 11-12-4 record.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Picks

Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Wild, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of Montreal’s last five games.
  • Over Minnesota’s last ten outings, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-5 in those games).
  • Montreal skaters have dished out the league’s fourth-most hits per game (27.5), but the team’s recorded just 22.4 hits over their last five away games.