Detroit Red Wings (27-37-11) at Montreal Canadiens (27-37-12)
|Date & Time||Monday March 26, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -145 / Detroit Red Wings +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Monday night NHL action pits the Detroit Red Wings against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The Detroit Red Wings are going to miss out on the postseason for the second straight year with struggles at both ends of the ice taking a toll. Detroit comes off of a 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs where Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Frans Nielsen scored for the Red Wings while Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 29 shots.
The balanced Maple Leafs received coring off the sticks of Kasperi Kapanen, Connor Brown, William Nylander and Nazem Kadri. Overall, eleven players recorded points for Toronto to make a winner of Frederik Andersen and his 38 saves
The Montreal Canadiens haven’t been able to get both their scoring and defense on the same page and that trend continued in a 6-4 defeat to Washington. Montreal received two goals from Charles Hudon with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher also scoring while Carey Price allowed six goals on 30 shots.
The explosive Capitals attack saw Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson each score twice with Jay Beagle and TJ Oshie also finding the back of the net. Nicklas Backstrom added four helpers and Philipp Grubauer made 17 stops to get the win.
Red Wings are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 7-1 in Red Wings last 8 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 4-1 in Red Wings last 5 Monday games. Canadiens are 0-5 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation and Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 Monday games. Red Wings are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Montreal and Red Wings are 4-13 in the last 17 meetings and over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings in Montreal.
We have two teams that are out of the playoffs so it’s difficult finding an edge and backing either regardless. I’ll back Montreal given their success in this matchup…