Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 10/10/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-1) at Montreal Canadiens (1-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -111 / Chicago Blackhawks -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, RDS, NBCSN
The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a big road victory after a 2-0-1 start to the NHL season. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 7.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brandon Saad leads Chicago with four goals, Ryan Hartman has five assists and Richard Panik has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing one goal per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up two goals on 62 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed four goals on 43 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 regular season games.
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The Montreal Canadiens look to snap a streak of back-to-back losses and get to a .500 record when they make their regular season debut at home. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with one goal, Jonathan Drouin has one assist and Max Pacioretty has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up eight goals on 84 shots faced and Al Montoya has allowed two goals on nine shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or more goals in six straight regular season games.
The Blackhawks are 0-5 in their last 5 road games, 86-42 in their last 128 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 7-19 in their last 26 vs. Central and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Blackhawks are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings, the home team is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings and the over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings.
Back to backs can be tough on teams early in the season, and it's even tougher when playing a team that's had a couple of days off. The Blackhawks have been red hot offensively out of the gate, but facing Price is sure to make things a little more challenging. I also look for a breakout game from the Canadiens overall now that they're at home and not on the road for three straight contests. I'll take the rested Montreal team in this spot.