Montreal Canadiens (22-11-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (10-21-4)
|Date & Time||Monday December 29, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +131 / Montreal Canadiens -145 --- Over/Under: 5
The Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes play Monday at the PNC Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens have won five of their last six games and are climbing up the Atlantic division. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have four power play goals in their last five games and have won five straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 13 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 15 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six straight games. Carey Price has allowed 64 goals on 868 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 16 goals on 187 shots. The Canadiens have lost three of their last four road games.
The Carolina Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 11 games and remain dead last in their division. The Hurricanes are averaging two goals per game and have scored three goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes don’t have a power play goal in their last four games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina with 10 goals, Justin Faulk has 14 assists and Jeff Skinner has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are 12-12 on power play kills in their last three games. Cam Ward has allowed 58 goals on 667 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 30 goals on 310 shots.
The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 36-16 in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 20-41 in their last 61 overall. The Canadiens are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Tough to pick against te Hurricanes with the way they've been playing and even tougher to fade the Montreal Canadiens over the last week or so.. Montreal has to be the pick as long as you don't mind the chalk.