Detroit Red Wings (42-25-13) at Montreal Canadiens (48-22-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 9, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -133 / Detroit Red Wings +120 --- Over/Under: 5
The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens play Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
The Detroit Red Wings look for a win after losing four of their last six games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have four power play goals in their last four games and have split their last six when scoring at least three goals. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 28 goals, Pavel Datsyuk has 38 assists and Gustav Nyquist has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.6 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 117 goals on 1,324 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up 63 goals on 733 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have four power play goals in their last four games and have won four of their last six when scoring at least three goals. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 37 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 34 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 247 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.2 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Carey Price has allowed 124 goals on 1,904 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 46 goals on 509 shots.
The Red Wings are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 1-7 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 33-16 in their last 49 vs. Atlantic and 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win. The Red Wings are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings.
The Canadiens need a win here to head into the playoffs with some type of confidence and good note. I look for the home team to beat a struggling Detroit team.