Montreal Canadiens vs. Minnesota Wild - 1/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens
Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Bell Centre)
Montreal Canadiens -132 / Minnesota Wild +108 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Wild and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Monday night.
The Minnesota Wild come into this game looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-3 win over Ottawa in their last outing. Ottawa opened the scoring late in the 1st period to take a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play but Jared Spurgeon quickly negated that, tying the game at 1-1 just:41 into the 2nd period. Ottawa re-took the lead, but Jordan Greenway tied the game and Spurgeon gave the Wild the lead at 3-2 with his 2nd goal of the game just 2:21 apart. Zach Parise buried for an eventually insurmountable 4-2 lead even though the Sens pulled a goal back just over 4 minutes later. Devan Dubnyk shut the door the rest of the way, getting the win to improve to 15-14-3 this season after stopping 24 of 27 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to rebound after a 4-1 loss to the visiting Nashville Predators in their last outing. Nashville scored a pair in the 2nd half of the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead in the opening period. Shea Weber cut the deficit in half against his former team, making it 2-1 but that’s as close as Montreal would get as Nashville restored the two goal cushion just :18 later for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. The score stayed that way until Viktor Arvidsson iced the win with an empty netter late in the final period, sending Montreal back empty-handed. Carey Price took the loss, falling to 16-11-4 after allowing 3 goals on 31 shots in the losing effort.
Minnesota is 29-11 in their last 40 games against the Atlantic division and 4-11 in their last 15 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. Montreal is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the Central division. Minnesota is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Montreal has been playing better lately, but no matter what I do this season, it seems like the Canadiens just burn money whenever I bet on them, as they did against the Predators, losing to a Nashville team that couldn’t buy a win on the road if their lives depended on it. Minnesota has had a lot of success against the Atlantic division, but a lot of that comes at the expense of Montreal, who the Wild have defeated in 8 straight meetings by a combined score of 35-10. Ouch. I think given the history between these two clubs, Minnesota is a solid value play on Monday night.