Nashville may be the definition of “mid” but the Predators are sizable favorites on the Tuesday NHL betting lines. That’s because Nashville hosts Montreal, a team that has lost its last five games while being outscored by 18 goals. The Habs have allowed nine and seven goals in their last two games as it ends its nightmarish seven-game road trip.
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Canadiens vs Predators. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
Long Way Back Home for Montreal
Canadiens fans can breathe a sigh of relief when this game ends: The Canadiens’ road trip is over. It started out decently for Montreal as it earned three points in its first two games. But the wheels quickly fell off as teams like Florida and Washington eviscerated its nonexistent defense.
At one point, betting online on the Montreal Canadiens was not such a bad idea. We even picked them against Florida. But in its last four games, Montreal was outshot by an average of 11 shots. The Habs also got demolished on the penalty kill, yielding nine power-play goals on 16 attempts.
Montreal also managed just three total goals on 5-on-5 while allowing 13. And its goaltending, which has been a lifeline in previous outings, got exposed. Sam Montembault allowed seven goals while Jake Allen allowed nine in their last starts. Is it finally time to count Montreal as a late entry into the Connor Bedard sweepstakes?
Connor Bedard at the #WorldJuniors:
– Tied for the most goals ever by a Canadian at the World Juniors
– Tied for the most points ever by a Canadian at a single tournament
– Tied for the most points ever by a Canadian at the World Juniors
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 1, 2023
Predators Can’t Miss These Empty-Netters
For Nashville, a team struggling to stay in the playoff picture, it can’t afford to miss these opportunities. The Predators are not often big favorites but this team tends to deliver against the hapless bunch of the NHL.
Nashville is 6-1-0 against the five worst teams in the league. Montreal sits just a few percentage points above Arizona. But given how the Canadiens have played lately, it may as well be below Chicago. The Preds get it done against teams it’s supposed to beat. They are 3-1 on the Moneyline when favored at -200 or lower.
With Montreal’s abysmal penalty kill, Nashville may even be able to fire up its cold power play. But even if it can’t, the Predators can still outplay the tired Canadiens on 5-on-5. And whoever Nashville has in the net will be better than Montembault or Allen.
Canadiens vs Predators Game Injuries
Canadiens vs Predators Head-to-Head
Montreal is just 1-5 in its last seven visits to the Bridgestone Arena. The total has gone over in their last three games against each other. However, the seven prior to that all went under.
- Game: Canadiens (15-19-3) vs Predators (15-14-6)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 8:07 p.m. ET
- Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
- Canadiens vs Predators Live stream: NHL.TV
Canadiens vs Predators Betting Lines
Canadiens vs Predators Picks and Prediction
Given how Montreal is playing, we cannot recommend betting on them. Laying that much on Nashville seems like a bad bet as well. Instead, there is a bit more value in taking the Predators’ puck line at +115. Montreal is gassed and its special teams can’t stop a nosebleed. Take that plus money on the sportsbook as Nashville hands Montreal another two-plus goal loss.
Nashville is listed at -230 in our NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Predators, you have a chance to win $43. Montreal is +190, offering a chance to win $190 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Nashville a 69.70% chance to win, with the Canadiens at 34.48%.