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Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks (16-19-5) at Montreal Canadiens (17-20-4)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens -177 / Vancouver Canucks +160 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RDS, TSN

The Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens meet Sunday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 21 goals, Henrik Sedin has 24 assists and Thomas Vanek has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 78 goals on 827 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 43 goals on 432 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 12 games.

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Montreal Canadiens could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 15 goals, Phillip Danault has 14 assists and Max Pacioretty has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 78 goals on 865 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 250 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record, 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 23-50 in their last 73 overall. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, 2-9 in their last 11 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Canucks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal, 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Both teams are in full struggle mode right now, but few are piling up the losses like the Vancouver Canucks. Nothing is going right for Vancouver right now, and playing against bad teams hasn't mattered. The Canucks are also on the end of a back to back. I have more confidence in the Montreal Canadiens at home than I do the Canucks on the road right now.

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