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Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 11/4/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-1) at Montreal Canadiens (8-3-1)
Date & Time Tuesday November 4, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +115 / Chicago Blackhawks -127 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL | Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-1) at Montreal Canadiens (8-3-1)
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens play Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

The Chicago Blackhawks look to get back on track after losing five of their last seven games. The Blackhawks defense is trying its best to keep them in games by allowing just 1.9 goals per game and not allowing a power play goal in seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks have won nine of their last 12 games when allowing two or less goals. Corey Crawford has allowed 11 goals on 149 shots, Scott Darling has allowed six goals on 90 shots and Antti Raanta has also allowed six goals on 90 shots faced. Offensively is where the Blackhawks are struggling, averaging just 2.3 goals per game. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with four goals, Brandon Saad has six assists and Patrick Sharp has 53 shots on goal. The Blackhawks have been shutout twice in their last four games.

The Montreal Canadiens have lost three of their last four games but are still tied for first in the Atlantic. Despite allowing nine goals in their last two games, the Canadiens defense has led the way, allowing 2.9 goals per game. The Montreal Canadiens have gone five of their last seven games without allowing a power play goal and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games overall when allowing three or less goals. Dustin Tokarski has allowed six goals on 66 shots and Carey Price has allowed 27 shots on 311 shots faced. Offensively, the Canadiens have been a little weak but Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty have combined for 10 goals, Alexei Emelin has six assists and Brendan Gallagher has 38 shots on goal. The Canadiens haven’t scored a power play goal in six straight games.

The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-16 in their last 22 road games. The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Blackhawks are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Montreal, while the home team is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.

Montreal is one of the better home teams in the league, and the home team has dominated this series the past couple of years. I'm not sure what's up with the Blackhawks but they're clearly not the same team they were last season or the season before. Give me the home team and the plus money. 

Pick:
Montreal Canadiens +115

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