Montreal Canadiens (10-9-1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (6-10-3)
November 25, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -120 / Montreal Canadiens +100; Over/Under: +3.5
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The Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday in NHL action at the United Center. The Montreal Canadiens have won 5 of their last 8 games. The Chicago Blackhawks have lost 7 of their last 8 games.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Cole Caufield leads Montreal with 12 goals, Kirby Dach has 13 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 47 goals on 431 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 18 goals on 230 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with 8 goals, Patrick Kane has 12 assists and Max Domi has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 26 goals on 227 shots faced, and Alex Stalock has allowed 16 goals on 187 shots.
The Canadiens are 15-38 in their last 53 road games and 33-74 in their last 107 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 19-44 in their last 63 overall. The over is 5-2 in Canadiens last 7 overall. The over is 4-0 in Blackhawks last 4 overall. The Canadiens are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago and 3-13 in the last 16 meetings. The road team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The underdog is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens are playing the better hockey entering this game, but it’s an early start, and they’ve still been fade material on the road dating back to last season. The Chicago Blackhawks should have the edge here considering they get to wake up in their own bed with the odd start time, and they’ve beaten up on the Habs over the years. Cheap price. I’ll take my chances with the struggling Blackhawks.