Teams Suffer From Similar Problems
The Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday but the victory was just their second in the last six games.
The Red Wings hit the road to battle it out with the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday against a team that is just five points back of them in the standings. That’s not a good thing as the Canadiens’ 43 points are the second-fewest in the East.
Montreal lost to the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Tuesday, its third loss in six games. Can they get back in the win column and cash on the NHL betting odds?
Let’s check the latest NHL news, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Red Wings vs Canadiens. We’ve got plenty of NHL picks for you to consider.
Wins Few and Far Between for Detroit
The Red Wings started the season 13-7-5 and were a positive story. They treated those who took them with their NHL picks quite well in the early going. Since then, though, this team has just seven wins in their last 21 contests.
Statistically ranked in the bottom half of the league in both goals scored per game and goals allowed per game. Dylan Larkin leads the way with 42 points, nine above their second-best skater on the team.
On the other end, Ville Husso has proven to be a capable goalie at times, although not consistently enough. Husso is 16-11-5 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.
His numbers have dipped in the past two months, though. He has a paltry .886 save percentage this month, which is not going to cut it. However, he has allowed exactly two goals in three straight games, so he appears to be playing better.
Canadiens Need Drastic Improvement
The Canadiens currently boast the fifth-worst offense in the league and the fifth-worst defense. That’s no recipe for success.
However, those who bet online should note that this team has had a pulse recently. They have won five of their last nine games, which is a step forward considering they were on a seven-game losing streak before that.
Montreal had just 15 wins in its first 39 games so registering five in nine is impressive.
Sam Montembeault has played respectably in net with a 10-9-2 record, a 3.14 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He’s going to have to put together a great game if he gets the nod.
Red Wings vs Canadiens Game Injuries
Red Wings vs Canadiens Head-to-Head
The Red Wings and Canadiens have met up twice already this season, with each of them coming away with one win.
Red Wings vs Canadiens Game Information
- Game: Red Wings (20-18-8) Canadiens (20-25-3)
- Location: Bell Centre, Montreal
- Day/Time: Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Red Wings vs Canadiens Live stream: NHL.TV
Red Wings vs Canadiens Betting Lines
Red Wings vs Canadiens Picks and Prediction
Neither team has been able to show that they can win games consistently, so this makes it tricky to bet in the sportsbook.
However, Montreal appears to be trending in the right direction. It’s hard to have a ton of confidence with the Canadiens, but they’re at least at home where they are 11-13-0 compared to 9-12-3 on the road.
If you bet online, take Montreal.
Detroit is listed at -155 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Red Wings, you have a chance to win $65. Montreal is +135, offering a chance to win $135 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Detroit a 60.78% chance to win, with the Canadiens at 42.55%.