Montreal Canadiens (19-6-3) at Detroit Red Wings (15-8-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 10, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -165 / Montreal Canadiens +145 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Canadiens look to shake off a tough third period at home against the Bruins last night as they take to the road to battle the Red Wings at the Joe.
The Habs face their second Original Six rival in as many nights on Thursday, this time on the road against a Red Wings team looking to close the gap on Montreal in the Atlantic, a margin that head into this game sits at six points. Montreal looked very solid for 40 minutes last night but a 42 second stretch that led to two Boston goals spelled the difference as the Habs dropped their third game in a row for the first time this season and will face an uphill battle against a Wings team playing very well at the moment. Dustin Tokarski will get the start as he will look for his first win of the season as he will go up against Jimmy Howard who will look to send the Wings to their 10th win of the season at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings are coming off an overtime loss but they haven't dropped two points in their last 10 contests sporting a 6-0-4 record in that time frame and have made up a ton of ground on the Canadiens for top spot in the division. Detroit has become synonymous with playoff hockey over the last two plus decades and they are in a good position to extend their own NHL record this season and while they do have some question marks and maybe some holes that need addressing at the trade deadline they still have a solid roster and look good at the moment. While I am not sold on the line here as the Canadiens shouldn't be this heavy of an underdog I think they are weighing heavily on Tokarski coming in and stinking up the place which is very unlikely to happen. As such, I like the value on the total as I think a back up goaltender will warrant strong play defensively and in the end I think this one stays under the number.