Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/14/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (+206) Canadiens (-231)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (15-11-6, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) host the Detroit Red Wings (8-22-3, 8th in the Atlantic Division) at Bell Centre on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The odds on this matchup have the Red Wings priced at +206 and the Canadiens are at -231. The over/under has been set at 6. The Red Wings cover 24.2% of the time, having gone 8-25 SU. The Canadiens cover 43.3% of the time, going 13-17 straight up.
The Detroit Red Wings head into this game holding a record of 8 wins and 22 losses, which puts them at 8th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 72 goals which has them ranked at 16th in the Eastern Conference and 31st in the NHL. Their goal differential is -58, which puts them at 31st in the NHL. The Red Wings have compiled a total of 19 pts, which has them ranked at 31st in the NHL and 16th in the East. Regarding shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 954 which has them ranked at 13th in the conference and 26th in the NHL. As a group, Detroit has collected a total of 514 hits which means they are averaging 15.6 per game. They have compiled a total of 339 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier from Pori, Finland. He is 31 years old and has totaled 1,115 mins in net for the season. Bernier is allowing 3.34 GAA which ranks him 29th in the East and 60th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he has allowed 62 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .890 which ranks him 29th in the East.
The Detroit Red Wings will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 5 - 2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their last game. The Red Wings had a impressive offensive performance in the win. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 5 out of the 34 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances and scored 2 goals out of those attempts. Detroit earned 2 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Red Wings was 43 and the Corsi against was 36 giving them a Corsi percentage of 54.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 and the Fenwick against was 27, which means they earned a rate of 57.8%. They took 24 face-off wins and lost 24 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 47.2% and they had a PDO of 100.7 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Winnipeg Jets tallied a total of 28 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 8 penalty mins and they tallied 1 power play opportunity.
The Canadiens will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 15 victories and 11 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are currently sitting 12th in the Eastern Conference and 21st in the NHL with -2. They have earned a total of 102 goals for the year which has them sitting at 8th in the East. Montreal has a team save percentage of .898 which is good for 24th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 9.2% ranking them 12th in the East. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price who is having a bad campaign by surrendering 2.95 goals per game and that places him 20th among Eastern Conference goalies and 38th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,462 minutes he has played, he has given up 72 goals. His save percentage is .905, which has him ranked 21st among Eastern Conference goalies and 43rd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Montreal Canadiens went up against the Ottawa Senators in a matchup where the Canadiens earned a win by a score of 3 - 2. In this outing, Montreal went home with a 45.6% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 31 and the other team having a Corsi of 37. Their Fenwick rate came in at 45.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 24 and the Senators ending the game with a 29 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Montreal played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. Their PDO was 105.6 and their oZS percentage was 31.0%. The Canadiens converted 3 goals of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play chances in this outing and were able to net 1 out of those tries. As for their opponent, the Senators had 5 power play chances and came through by scoring 1 goal. Montreal gave up 37 shots on goal and the Senators earned a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Detroit (+206)
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