Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Monday January 7, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
Montreal Canadiens -132 / Minnesota Wild +108
TSN2, RDS, FS-North
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.