Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction, 1/21/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (-111) Canucks (-111)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (2-0-1) travel to Rogers Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Vancouver Canucks (1-3-0). The Canucks open this game at -111 while the Canadiens are priced at -111. The O/U has been set at 6.5.
The Canadiens will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3 - 1 victory over the Oilers their last time out. The Canadiens had a middle of the road offensive outing in this victory. For the outing, they scored on 3 out of the 34 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 5 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal out of those attempts. Montreal earned a total of 14 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Canadiens was 37 and the Corsi against was 31 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 54.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 26 and the Fenwick against sat at 26, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They won 16 face-off wins at even strength and lost 17 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 104.8 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Edmonton Oilers put up 26 shots. They finished with 10 penalty minutes and they earned 7 power play attempts.
In net for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 33 years old and has totaled 123 minutes defending the net for the year. Price is giving up 2.92 goals against average which has him placed 10th among Eastern Conference goalies and 17th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he's allowed 6 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .913 which has him placed 8th among Eastern Conference goalies. Thus far in the season, the Canadiens have scored a total of 12 goals which has them sitting at 5th in the conference and 6th in the league. Their goal differential is +5, which puts them at 4th in the league. The Canadiens currently have a total of 5 pts, which has them sitting at 6th in the league and 4th in the conference. In connection with shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 102 which has them sitting at 6th in the Eastern Conference and 11th in the league. As a unit, Montreal has collected a total of 88 hits which means they have an average of 29.3 per game. They currently have a total of 43 blocks for the year.
The Canucks played the Flames in an outing where the Canucks took the loss by a tally of 5 - 2. Vancouver went home with a 44.1% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 30 while they surrendered a Corsi of 38. They had a Fenwick percentage of 44.2% by notching a Fenwick of 23 and the Flames finishing with a 29 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vancouver played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO of 93.2 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 60.7%. The Canucks converted 2 goals of the 27 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. As for their opponent, the Flames had 7 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 2 goals. Vancouver gave up 32 shots on goal and the Flames racked up 8 penalty minutes.
In goal for Vancouver is Braden Holtby who is having a rough season by surrendering 3.01 goals per contest and that has him ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference and 19th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 120 minutes he's played this season, he has given up 6 goals. He has a save % of .909, which ranks him 10th in the Eastern Conference and 17th among goaltenders in the NHL. Regarding goal differential, they sit 14th in the West and 30th in the league with -7. They have earned a total of 9 goals for this season which puts them at 12th in the conference. Vancouver has a team save percentage of .889 which is good for 23rd in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 6.7% which is good for 14th in the West.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (-111)
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