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Canadiens vs. Canucks - 12/9/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks (18-8-2) at Montreal Canadiens (17-10-2)
Date & Time Tuesday December 9, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -123 / Vancouver Canucks +112 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
RSNP, RDS
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The Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens play Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

The Vancouver Canucks have won five of their last eight games and will wrap up a seven-game road trip. The Canucks are averaging three goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last four games. The Vancouver Canucks don’t have a power play goal in their last three games and have won 10 of their last 13 games overall when scoring at least three goals. Radim Vrbata leads Vancouver with 12 goals, Daniel Sedin has 19 assists and Nick Bonino has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Ryan Miller has allowed 51 goals on 534 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 24 goals on 268 shots.

The Montreal Canadiens have lost six of their last seven games and play their first home game of the month. The Canadiens are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last four games. The Montreal Canadiens have two power play goals in their last five games and have won eight of their last 10 games overall when scoring at least three goals. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 12 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 12 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last nine games. Dustin Tokarski has allowed 16 goals on 187 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 56 goals on 694 shots.

The Canucks are 11-3 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-11 in their last 15 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 10-4 in their last 14 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Pacific. The Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Montreal Canadiens have to start winning to make up for a horrible stretch and there's no matter time to do so than at home where they've been tough to beat. The price is fair enough to back Montreal. 

Pick:
Montreal Canadiens -123

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