Montreal Canadiens vs Detroit Red Wings Predictions, NHL Picks 2/18/2020
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (-182) Red Wings (+164)
Little Caesars Arena is the venue where Jonathan Bernier and the Detroit Red Wings (14-43-4, 8th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Montreal Canadiens (27-26-8, 6th in the Atlantic Division) on Tuesday. The Canadiens open this game at -182 while the Red Wings are coming in at +164. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Canadiens cover 40.4% of the time, having gone 23-34 SU. The Red Wings cover 20.3% of the time, going 12-47 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 27 wins and 26 losses, putting them at 6th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 180 goals which has them sitting at 10th in the East and 16th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -7, putting them at 21st in the NHL. The Canadiens currently have a total of 62 pts, which has them sitting at 22nd in the NHL and 12th in the East. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,091 which has them sitting at 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the NHL. As a group, Montreal currently has a total of 1,546 hits which has them averaging 25.3 per contest. They currently have a total of 699 blocks for the season. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has totaled 2,961 mins minding the goal this year. Price is allowing 2.74 goals against average which places him at 15th among East goalies and 26th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 135 goals. He has a save percentage of .911 which places him at 16th among East goalies.
The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4 - 3 loss against the Dallas Stars the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canadiens had a middle of the road offensive performance in this loss. For this outing, they scored on 3 of the 32 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Montreal ended up with a total of 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Canadiens was 54 and the Corsi against was 50 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 51.9%. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against was 31, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 55.1%. They won 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 33 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 39.7% and they had a PDO of 95.7 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Dallas Stars racked up a total of 26 shots. They finished with a total of 0 minutes in the box and they notched 2 power play opportunities.
The Red Wings are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 14 wins and 43 losses. In connection with goal differential, they rank 16th in the East and 31st in the league with -107. They have compiled a total of 121 goals for this year which ranks them 16th in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has a save percentage as a team of .886 which is good for 31st in the league, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 7.2% ranking them 16th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier who is having an ok year by giving up 2.88 goals per contest and that ranks him 19th among East goaltenders and 36th in the NHL. In the 1,997 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 96 goals. His save % is .909, which ranks him 18th among East goaltenders and 35th in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game where the Red Wings took a loss by a mark of 5 - 1. While out there on the ice, Detroit wound up with a 42.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 38 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 43.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 33 and the Penguins having a 43 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Detroit played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO at even strength was 91.5 and their percentage of oZS was 44.0%. The Red Wings netted 1 goal of the 28 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play opportunity in this outing but were not able to net one. Regarding their opponent, the Penguins had 2 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Detroit allowed 35 shots on goal and the Penguins earned 0 minutes in the box.
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Tony's Pick: Take Montreal (-182)
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