Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 3/19/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+160) Canadiens (-177)
Bell Centre is the venue where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (13-8-8) will take on the Vancouver Canucks (15-16-2) on Friday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Canucks priced at +160 and the Canadiens are at -177. The over/under is set at 6.
The Canucks were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 victory against the Senators their last time on the ice. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 57.3% and their PDO was 100.5 in this one. They had a tally of 26 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 19 attempts to win the puck. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against was 50, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 43.2%. The Corsi for the Canucks was sitting at 45 and the Corsi against was at 69 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 39.5%. Vancouver tallied 4 penalty minutes in this outing. In addition, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. The Canucks offense didn't overly impress in this victory. For the game, they finished 3 out of the 29 shots they attempted.
Vancouver Canucks opponents have earned 117 power play opportunities (1st in the NHL) and have notched 22 goals in those attempts. The Canucks have had 1,113 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .907. Vancouver has attempted 1,008 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.8%. While at even strength, the Canucks let the opposition score 82 goals while earning 69 on the offensive side of the ice. Vancouver has accounted for 100 power play chances and they have notched 20 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 20.00%. For the current season, they have racked up 32 points and their points % is .485. Concerning their goal scoring prowess, the Vancouver Canucks have earned 89 goals (12th in pro hockey) on the year and have surrendered 104.
The player in the crease for this game is Thatcher Demko. Demko has been in goal for 59 contests over the course of his hockey career. He has compiled a win-loss record of 29-23-4 and was named the starter in 56 games. The opposition has scored 166 goals against Demko in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.90. Demko has had 1,881 shot attempts against him and has amassed 1,715 saves. He has a save percentage of .912 during his 3,438 minutes between the pipes. In his professional hockey career, Demko has 34 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .607.
When they were on the ice last, Montreal faced off against the Jets in a matchup where the Canadiens ended up losing by a final of 4-3. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. The Canadiens recorded 3 goals of the 36 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO at even strength of 94 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 62.1%. Montreal had a 62.3% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Montreal played and you might say they have had worse games. Their Fenwick percentage was 59.5% by earning a Fenwick of 44 and the Jets having a 30 Fenwick.
Montreal has attempted 957 shots (4th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.72%, while allowing the opposition 848 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 76.70% on their opponents 103 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 90.9%. They have recorded 79 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 21.52%. The Canadiens have 76 goals at even strength and 17 goals (20th in hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have allowed 77 goals to be scored by way of 53 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they had less men on the ice. For the year, the Montreal Canadiens have tallied 93 goals, 34 points, in addition to a points percentage of .586.
Across the ice you are likely to see Carey Price between the pipes. He has a tally of 19,078 stops out of the 20,801 shots taken, which gives him a rate of .917. Price is sitting with a lifetime mark of 357-255-79 and has participated in 701 games. He has been a starter 689 games and has been on the ice for 41,379 minutes. Price's quality start percentage comes out to 57.5% and he has made 396 quality starts in his NHL career. Opponents are averaging 2.50 goals per game and he has surrendered 1,723 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (-177)
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