Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 1/24/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Monday, January 24, 2022
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+260) Wild (-330)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where the Minnesota Wild (24-10-3) will take on the Montreal Canadiens (8-25-7) on Monday. The odds on this game have the Canadiens at +260 and the Wild are priced at -330. The total comes in at 6.
The Montreal Canadiens had a rough game after their 3-2 defeat to the Avalanche in the last game they played. Montreal accounted for 6 mins in the box in this matchup. The Canadiens didn't have their best offensive outing in this loss. In addition, they had 2 chances on the power play and were able to net 1 goal. In the game, they tallied a score on 2 of the 30 shots they launched.
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The Canadiens have had 1,403 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .896. While at even strength, the Canadiens let the opposition score 109 goals while having 71 of their own. Montreal Canadiens opponents have earned 137 power play tries (3rd in the NHL) and have scored 37 goals in those attempts. For the current season, they have 23 points and their points percentage sits at .288. Montreal has attempted 1,159 shots and has a shot percentage of 7.5%. When talking about their goal scoring prowess, the Montreal Canadiens have tallied 87 goals (31st in pro hockey) on the campaign and have allowed 146. Montreal comes into tonight with 120 power play chances and they have notched 16 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 13.33%.
The player between the pipes for this game is Sam Montembeault. Montembeault has been in net for 41 games over the course of his NHL career. He has amassed an overall mark of 11-14-7 and he has gotten the start in 30 games. Opponents have notched 119 goals against Montembeault in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 3.41. Montembeault has seen 1,159 shots against him and has accrued 1,040 total saves. His save percentage is .897 during his 2,096 minutes in the crease. In his career, Montembeault has accounted for 11 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .367.
In their last outing, Minnesota faced off against the Blackhawks in a matchup where the Wild got the victory by a tally of 4-3. They had 5 power play attempts in this outing and scored 2 goals out of those attempts. The Wild notched 4 goals of the 44 shots on goal they were seeking.
Minnesota has taken 1,227 shots (20th in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 11.17%, while allowing the other team 1,211 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 79.69% on their oppositions 128 chances on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.9%. They have a total of 119 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 17.65%. The Wild have earned 116 goals at even strength and 21 goals (20th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 110 goals to be scored by of a combination of 84 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this year, the Minnesota Wild have tallied 137 goals, 51 points, in addition to a points percentage of .689.
Across the ice you are expected to see Kaapo Kahkonen defending the goal. He is sitting with 1,172 stops out of 1,288 shots attempted against him, which gives him a percentage of .910. Kahkonen is sitting with a career record of 28-11-3 and has been in goal for 43 games. He got the starting nod in 41 games and has played for a total of 2,516 mins. Kahkonen's quality start percentage sits at 56.1% and he has qualified for 23 quality starting assignments in his professional career. His opposition is averaging 2.77 goals per contest and he has allowed 116 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (+260)
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