Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction, 1/23/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (-140) Canucks (+126)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (3-0-2) are headed to Rogers Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Vancouver Canucks (2-4-0). The Canucks open this matchup at +126 while the Canadiens are priced at -140. The total has been set at 6.5.
The Canadiens came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 7 - 3 victory against the Canucks the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canadiens had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. In the matchup, they converted 7 of the 42 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 9 power play chances and netted 1 goal out of those tries. Montreal ended up with 12 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 50 and the Corsi against was 23 giving them a Corsi percentage of 68.5%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against sat at 21, which tells us they had a rate of 61.1%. They won 23 face-off wins and lost 16 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 65.2% and they had a PDO of 98.7 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vancouver Canucks tallied a total of 17 shots. They finished with a total of 26 minutes in the box and they earned 5 power play opportunities.
The man protecting the net for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 33 years old and has totaled 188 mins defending the net this season. Price is allowing 3.50 goals per contest which has him ranked 13th among Eastern Conference goalies and 24th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's given up 11 goals. He holds a save % of .887 which has him ranked 13th among Eastern Conference goalies. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 24 goals which has them sitting at 1st in the East and 2nd in the league. Their goal differential is +9, which puts them at 1st in the league. The Canadiens have earned a total of 8 points, which has them sitting at 2nd in the league and 1st in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have earned a total of 180 which has them sitting at 1st in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the league. As a group, Montreal has collected a total of 138 hits which means they are averaging 27.6 per game. They have earned a total of 58 blocks for the year.
In their loss to Montreal, Vancouver wound up with a 31.5% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 23 and they surrendered a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick rate came in at 38.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 21 and the Canadiens earning a 33 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Vancouver had and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO of 101.3 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 34.3%. The Canucks notched 3 goals of the 17 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those attempts. Regarding their opponent, the Canadiens had 9 power play attempts and were able to tally 1 goal. Vancouver gave way to 42 shots on goal and the Canadiens had 12 minutes in the box.
In net for Vancouver is Braden Holtby who is having a rough season by allowing 3.58 goals against average and that places him 14th among Eastern Conference goalies and 25th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 185 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he has surrendered 11 goals. He's earned a save % of .892, which has him ranked 11th among Eastern Conference goalies and 22nd in the NHL among goaltenders. With reference to goal differential, they rank 15th in the West and 31st in the NHL with -11. They have compiled a total of 17 goals for this season which puts them at 2nd in the West. Vancouver has a team save % of .874 which has them 29th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.5% which puts them at 8th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Montreal (-140)
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