Minnesota Wild (7-5-0) at Montreal Canadiens (9-4-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 8, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -138 / Minnesota Wild +125 --- Over/Under: 5
The Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens play Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The Minnesota Wild have won five of their last eight games and are hanging around in the Central Division. While a balanced team, the Wild have scored just one goal in their last two games and have produced just two power play goals all season. Of course, the loss of leading scorer Zach Parise isn’t going to help things. The Minnesota Wild are 1-4 this season when scoring two or less goals. Jason Zucker leads the Wild with five goals, Thomas Vanek has seven assists and Jason Pominville has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, Darcy Kuemper has allowed 16 goals on 206 shots and Niklas Backstrom has allowed eight goals on 61 shots. The Wild have allowed at least one power play goal in four of their last five games.
The Montreal Canadiens have lost four of their last six games but are still tied for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens are averaging just 2.1 goals per game and have scored just four goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have lost eight of their last 13 games when scoring two or less goals. Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty have combined for 10 goals, P.K. Subban has six assists and Brendan Gallagher has 43 shots on goal. While the Canadiens have a power play killing percentage of 84.7, they have allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Dustin Tokarski has allowed seven goals on 98 shots and Carey Price has allowed 32 goals on 342 shots faced. The Canadiens didn’t lose three straight home games all of last season, which is in danger of happening here.
The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Canadiens are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games. The Wild are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
Again, it's been a long time since the Montreal Canadiens have lost three straight games at home. The Wild also haven't had much recent success against Montreal. Give me the Canadiens to get back on track with a win here.