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Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/26/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -132 / Detroit Red Wings +108 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSDT, TSN2
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The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 26 goals, Max Domi has 34 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 158 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 120 goals on 1,438 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 57 goals on 515 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 26 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 33 assists and Andreas Athanasiou has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 113 goals on 1,262 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 80 goals on 784 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite and 6-13 in their last 19 games playing on 0 days rest. The Red Wings are 19-40 in their last 59 games as a home underdog, 21-51 in their last 72 games as an underdog and 4-11 in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 7-2 in Canadiens last 9 road games. The under is 7-3 in Red Wings last 10 home games. The Canadiens are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Detroit and 17-4 in the last 21 meetings.

The Montreal Canadiens are not only playing better and more consistent hockey, but they've won each of the last seven meetings against the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit hasn't beaten Montreal since March of 2017 and has been outscored 10-5 in the two meetings this season. The Detroit Red Wings simply can't keep the puck out of the back of the net and haven't done well at all in the underdog role. I'll take the Canadiens and the cheap price in this spot.

Pick:
Montreal Canadiens -132

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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