Vancouver Canucks (4-6-3) vs. Montreal Canadiens (6-6-1)
November 9, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +116 / Vancouver Canucks -142; Over/Under: +8.5
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The Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre. The Vancouver Canucks look for a win after splitting their last 8 games. The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.62 goals per game and are scoring on 28.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with 12 goals, Elias Pettersson has 11 assists and Andrei Kuzmenko has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 60.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Thatcher Demko has given up 35 goals on 289 shots faced, and Spencer Martin has allowed 14 goals on 140 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.77 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Nick Suzuki leads Montreal with 8 goals, Kirby Dach has 8 assists and Cole Caufield has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.23 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 28 goals on 302 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 10 goals on 138 shots.
The Canucks are 14-43 in their last 57 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-10 in their last 13 overall. The Canadiens are 16-35 in their last 51 home games and 21-43 in their last 64 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 4-1 in Canucks last 5 overall. The over is 6-2-1 in Canadiens last 9 home games. The Canucks are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Montreal and 9-21 in the last 30 meetings. The favorite is 17-7 in the last 24 meetings.
I’m not excited to get behind the Montreal Canadiens, and the Canucks are the better team with the more explosive offense. However, neither of these teams have been all that consistent this season, and they’re both on the end of a back to back. Also, it feels like oddsmakers are just banking on the Canucks eventually bouncing back. The Canucks haven’t played well through 13 games, and I’m not thrilled to lay juice with them on the road. Give me the Habs and the plus money at home.