The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 31 goals, Moritz Seider has 35 assists and David Perron has 178 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ville Husso has given up 149 goals on 1,479 shots faced, and Magnus Hellberg has allowed 45 goals on 399 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Cole Caufield leads Montreal with 26 goals, Nick Suzuki has 38 assists and Josh Anderson has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 145 goals on 1,335 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 115 goals on 1,217 shots.
The Red Wings are 39-100 in their last 139 road games and 6-13 in their last 19 overall. The Canadiens are 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 53-111 in their last 164 overall. The under is 6-2 in Red Wings last 8 road games. The under is 2-0-2 in Canadiens last 4 overall. The Red Wings are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Montreal and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Two teams that have nothing to play for, and I'm not interested in backing. The only edge here is that the Montreal Canadiens are at home, where 16 of their 30 wins have taken place. The Detroit Red Wings have been a mess on the road dating back to last season. Two teams going nowhere fast, give me the home team and the cheap price.