Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 1/14/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (28-13-4) at Montreal Canadiens (23-17-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Bell Centre and the Montreal Canadiens welcome the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday.
The surging Chicago Blackhawks continued to roll Tuesday with a 3-2 victory versus the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Solid offense and great goaltending is always a good thing and the Blackhawks got both with Andrew Shaw scoring twice while Brent Seabrook also scored with Marian Hossa logging a pair of assists. The defense wasn’t good but Corey Crawford was with a monster 41 saves that lifted the Blackhawks to their 7th consecutive win. Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg scored for the Predators but Pekka Rinne allowed all three goals on 20 shots as Nashville saw their losing streak reach four games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins were trying to forget about their recent slide and coaching change and a 3-1 win Saturday at the Bell Centre versus the Montreal Canadiens was another step in the right direction. Patric Hornqvist tallied with the man advantage while Bryan Rust scored his first of the year before Eric Fehr found the empty net to support the 33 save performance of Marc-Andre Fleury. The Canadiens offense came off the stick of PK Subban but Mike Condon and his 29 stops was not enough as the Habs dropped to 23-17-3 and were still trying to distance themselves from a recent six game slide.
The under is 3-0-1 in Blackhawks last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and the Blackhawks are 7-0 in their last 7 games following a win while going 7-0 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Central and are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning % above .600 while going 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games. The under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal and the home team is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings while the Blackhawks are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Montreal. The trends favor Montreal but I need to see goalies…