Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/25/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (33-22-6) at Montreal Canadiens (29-27-8)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Vancouver Canucks --- Over/Under:
TV: TSN2, RSNP
The Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Vancouver Canucks look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 25 goals, Quinn Hughes has 41 assists and Tanner Pearson has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 117 goals on 1,420 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 56 goals on 587 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 21 goals, Max Domi has 25 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 206 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 142 goals on 1,606 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Canucks are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Montreal and 5-16 in the last 21 meetings. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens have won eight straight games against the Vancouver Canucks and nine of the last 10 meetings overall. The Canucks have not beaten the Canadiens since October of 2015, and they've been outscored 8-3 in the last three meetings overall. Sometimes teams simply have the opposing teams number, and it's quite clear this is one of those spots. While the Vancouver Canucks are probably the better team and have been more profitable, I have to side with history here and back the Habs on their home ice.