Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens - 1/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM (Little Caesars Arena)

DET +145, O/U 5.5

The Montreal Canadiens head to Detroit, MI on Tuesday, but first must face the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.  In their last game, the Canadiens were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime by the score of 3-2.  The Canadiens received 2 goals from Artturi Lehkonen but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win against the Penguins.  Montreal goalie Carey Price took the loss in net as he allowed 3 goals on 37 Pittsburgh shots in the game.  

After the loss against Pittsburgh, Montreal is 18-17-7 which puts them in a 6th place in the Atlantic Division.  The Canadiens are led in points by Tomas Tatar as he has recorded 35 points on the season.  Tatar also leads Montreal in goals this season with 16.  The assists leader for Montreal is Max Domi who has recorded 20 on the year.  Goalie Carey Price is currently 16-14-4, with 1 shutout on the season and has a goals against average of 3.00.  The Canadiens other goalie is Charlie Lindgren who has a record of 0-1-0 with a goals against average of 2.05.  Montreal enters their game against Winnipeg with 5 players listed on their injury report as Matthew Peca, Joel Armia, Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron are all on injured reserve while Ilya Kovalchuk is listed as out.

The Detroit Red Wings welcome the Montreal Canadiens to town on Tuesday after losing their last game to the Chicago Blackhawks by the score of 4-2.  The Red Wings received goals from Filip Zadina and Luke Glendening, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Blackhawks offense.  Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard took the loss in net for Detroit as he allowed 3 goals on 26 Chicago shots on the night.  

On the year the Red Wings are 10-30-3 and are in 8th place in the Atlantic Division.  The Red Wings are led in points and goals by Tyler Bertuzzi who has 31 points this season to go along with 15 goals, including 2 while on the power play.  The Red Wings are led in assists by Dylan Larkin who has tallied 17 on the year with 4 coming while on the power play.  Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier is 8-12-2 with 1 shutout and a 3.04 goals against average this season.  Jimmy Howard is 2-14-1 with a goals against average of 4.04 so far this year.  Detroit enters Tuesday’s game with a clean bill of health as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report. 

The Montreal Canadiens have scored 3.14 goals per game this season while allowing 3.21 goals per game.  The Detroit Red Wings have scored 2.14 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.81 goals per game.  As of Monday, Montreal is 0-5 in their last 5 games while Detroit is 1-4.  This will be the third meeting this season between the two Eastern Conference teams and Detroit has come away with wins in both previous games by the scored of 2-1 and 4-2.  However, I don’t see the Red Wings winning 3 straight against anyone, so I am going with the Canadiens in this one.  Montreal has been a better team at both ends of the ice this season and a game against Detroit could be what the Canadiens need to get back on the winning path.  Montreal wins 4-1.   

Travis’s Pick Montreal Canadiens -180(ML)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.