Minnesota Wild vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/22/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (20-12-3) at Minnesota Wild (17-9-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -145 / Montreal Canadiens +131 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens look to stop the bleeding as they continue their road trip in Minnesota on Tuesday night to close out their pre-Christmas schedule.
The Montreal Canadiens have fallen on hard times and thanks to a four game losing skid they have lost their grip on top spot in the Atlantic division as they hold just a one point edge over the streaking Boston Bruins and could very well find themselves in second place at the end of the night. The Habs have always been a tough team to figure out as they don't have a ton of all-star caliber players but a group of solid guys that play well in a successful system in front of the game's best goaltender. That dynamic has changed this season though as Carey Price has missed most of the year and while Mike Condon was good to start the year I think teams are starting to figure them out a little but more and as such Condon's numbers are suffering. Condon will likely get the call here as he will go up against Darcy Kuemper.
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The Minnesota Wild meanwhile will look to shake off a tough loss at home last night against the league leading Dallas Stars and while it is nothing to worry about when you drop a game to a good team it was the manner in which they lost as it wasn't even close. The Wild are considered to be a top end team in the Western Conference but if they're going to be taken seriously they need to do a better job against the league's contenders and last night was a perfect opportunity to close the gap on the Stars in the Central division. Minny has a chance at redemption tonight though as they catch a Habs team playing in a back to back as well as they were in Nashville last night and playing those two teams on successive nights is never easy, especially with the way the Canadiens are playing right now.