Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens - 11/16/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (12-4-1) at Detroit Red Wings (8-3-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -138 / Montreal Canadiens +125 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens look for their sixth win in a row and second in as many nights when they take to the road on Sunday to face off against the Detroit Red Wings.
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The Canadiens have been the best team in the NHL through the first month and a bit and currently hold a one point edge on the Anaheim Ducks for top spot in the league and can extend their winning streak to an impressive six games on Sunday night. Montreal is coming off a season where they advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference finals and heading into this season expectations were sky high but even the most optimistic of Habs fan probably didn't foresee this start. The Canadiens are a well balanced team and have now brought in some veteran leadership in Sergei Gonchar who may have lost a step in his game but brings a winning pedigree and offensive poise to the Montreal blue line. The Habs doubled up on the Flyers in Montreal last night and will likely turn to Dustin Tokarski in this spot as they'll give Carey Price the night off.
The Red Wings meanwhile had the night off on Saturday and will be geared up to face one of the game's top teams on Sunday before a crowd at the Joe that'll certainly be fired up. The Red Wings have quietly pieced together a rather impressive start of their own as they have just three regulation losses to their name but their five extra time losses has hampered their progression up the table despite sitting just six points back of Montreal. The Wings have always been known to be a strong team on home ice and this year is no different as they're 6-1-2 at the Joe so far this season but now they host a Montreal side that is rolling at the moment and while Tokarski may not be on the same level as Price there are very few that are and I think he is a more than capable back up and gives the Habs a chance to win here. I was shocked to see Montreal as a dog in this spot and while I do see a tight game I don't think there is any way to pass up on Montreal at plus money.