Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens Predictions, NHL Pick, Odds, Tips 2/25/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (-133) Canadiens (+120)
Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (33-22-6, 3rd in the Pacific Division) are headed to Bell Centre on Tuesday where they'll meet the Montreal Canadiens (29-27-8, 6th in the Atlantic Division). The Canadiens open this game at +120 while the Canucks are coming in at -133. The over/under has been set at 6. The Canucks cover 51.7% of the time, having gone 30-28 SU. The Canadiens cover 41.7% of the time, going 25-35 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks step onto the ice holding a record of 33 wins and 22 defeats, ranking them 3rd in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 200 goals which has them at 3rd in the conference and 10th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, ranking them 10th in the league. The Canucks currently have a total of 72 pts, which has them at 15th in the league and 6th in the Western Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,895 which has them at 10th in the conference and 21st in the league. As a unit, Vancouver has collected a total of 1,108 hits which has them averaging 18.2 per game. They currently have a total of 786 blocks for this season. The man protecting the net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has totaled 2,552 minutes protecting the net this season. Markstrom is giving up 2.75 goals per contest which has him sitting 12th among Western Conference goalies and 29th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 117 goals. His save % is .918 which has him sitting 8th among Western Conference goalies.
The Vancouver Canucks will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 9 - 3 win over the Boston Bruins the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canucks had a impressive offensive output in this win. In this game, they netted 9 of the 35 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those tries. Vancouver had a total of 11 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Canucks was 51 and the Corsi against was 64 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 44.3%. Their Fenwick was 45 while the Fenwick against sat at 48, which earned them a rate of 48.4%. They won 31 face-off wins and were beaten on 27 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 32.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 121.0 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Boston Bruins earned 37 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 13 penalty minutes and they earned 2 power play chances.
The Canadiens will be the team across the ice and for the current year they have 29 wins and 27 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 12th in the Eastern Conference and 21st in the NHL with -4. They have compiled a total of 190 goals for the season which has them ranked at 10th in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has a team save % of .903 which has them 16th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.7% which is good for 12th in the conference. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price who is having an average campaign by allowing 2.71 goals per game and that ranks him 14th in the Eastern Conference and 24th in the NHL. In the 3,141 mins he's played this year, he has allowed 142 goals. He has a save % of .912, which has him sitting 15th in the Eastern Conference and 31st in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens faced off against the Ottawa Senators in an outing where the Canadiens earned a win by a tally of 3 - 0. For this game, Montreal earned a 56.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 62 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 48. Their Fenwick rate came in at 57.8% by earning a Fenwick of 48 and the Senators finishing with a 35 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Montreal played and it shows us they played like an average team. They had a PDO of 108.8 and they earned an oZS percentage of 39.1%. The Canadiens scored 3 goals of the 37 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Senators had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Montreal gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Senators ended up with a total of 25 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (-133)
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