Montreal Canadiens at Nashville Predators
|Date & Time||Thursday February 14, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +148 / Nashville Predators -177 -- Over/Under: 5
The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 13.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 22 goals, Max Domi has 32 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 105 goals on 1,239 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 54 goals on 506 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Nashville Predators could use a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13 percent of their power play opportunities. Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville with 25 goals, Ryan Johansen has 41 assists and Roman Josi has 200 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 94 goals on 1,089 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 55 goals on 633 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in four of their last six games.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog and 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Predators are 2-5 in their last 7 home games, 5-13 in their last 18 games as a favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 games as a home favorite. The under is 5-0 in Canadiens last 5 road games. The under is 7-2-2 in Predators last 11 overall. The Canadiens are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings and the favorite is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Nashville Predators have won six of the last eight meetings against the Montreal Canadiens and should be favored based on their reputation on their home ice. The problem is the Preds continue to run hot and cold and haven't exactly played well in the favorite role. The Montreal Canadiens are playing some of their best hockey of the season these last couple of weeks and are a team you should be looking to back whenever getting plus money, especially with them cashing in seven of their last 10 games as an underdog. I wouldn't be shocked if the Predators win, but the value is with the Montreal Canadiens on the road.