Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens - 1/8/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -121 / Detroit Red Wings +102 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: FSDT, TSN2
The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 15 goals, Max Domi has 24 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 86 goals on 932 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 44 goals on 371 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Detroit Red Wings are getting desperate for a victory after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 18 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 26 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 77 goals on 932 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 60 goals on 556 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in each of their last seven games.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Red Wings are 11-23 in their last 34 Tuesday games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-44 in their last 64 overall. The Canadiens are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings. The over is 6-1 in Red Wings last 7 overall. The under is 50-23-14 in Canadiens last 87 games playing on 0 days rest.
The Montreal Canadiens have been brutal on the end of back to backs this season, but the Detroit Red Wings aren't playing good hockey right now and have been fade material for quite some time. The Canadiens have also won the last six meetings against the Red Wings, not losing to them since March of 2017. With just four wins in over a month, the Red Wings provide little betting value, especially with their small dogs like in this case. I have no choice but to side with the Montreal Canadiens and the cheap price.