Detroit Red Wings vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 1/26/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (-102) Canadiens (-118)
The Detroit Red Wings (20-18-8) are en route to Bell Centre on Thursday where they will go up against the Montreal Canadiens (20-25-3). The moneyline on this game has the Red Wings at -102 while the Canadiens are priced at -118. The total is 6.
The Detroit Red Wings were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 victory over the Sharks their last time out. The Red Wings offense didn't overly impress in the victory. In the matchup, they tallied a score on 3 of the 35 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Detroit recorded 4 mins in the box in this matchup.
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Detroit Red Wings opponents have totaled 132 power play opportunities (30th in pro hockey) and have scored 32 goals in those attempts. The Red Wings so far have had 1,419 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .893. Detroit has taken 1,356 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.3%. When at even strength, the Red Wings have allowed 120 goals while having 108 themselves. Detroit steps onto the ice with 158 power play opportunities and they have scored 32 goals out of those attempts, earning them a rate of 20.25%. For the season, they have recorded 48 points and their points percentage comes in at .522. When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Detroit Red Wings have accumulated 140 goals (24th in the league) so far this year and have given up 152.
The player in the crease for this game is Ville Husso. The opposition has racked up 244 goals against Husso in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.84. Husso has been in goal for 90 games over the course of his professional hockey career. He has a save percentage of .908 for his 5,158 mins guarding the cage. He has accumulated an overall record of 50-24-12 and he has started in 86 games. In his career, Husso has 47 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .547. Husso has seen 2,665 shots against him and has accrued 2,421 saves.
In their last outing, Montreal squared up with the Bruins in a matchup where the Canadiens were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 4-2. The Canadiens notched 2 goals out of the 22 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play opportunities in this matchup and notched 1 out of those tries.
For the year, the Montreal Canadiens are sitting with 123 goals, 43 points, in addition to a points percentage of .448. They have allowed 175 goals to be scored by of a combination of 130 goals at even strength and 45 goals while they were shorthanded. The Canadiens are sitting with 100 goals at even strength and 23 goals (30th in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. They have recorded 150 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 15.33%. Montreal has tried 1,337 shots (30th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.20%, while allowing the opposition 1,626 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 73.84% on the other teams 172 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 89.2%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Sam Montembeault in net. His opposition is averaging 3.43 goals per contest and he has given up 256 goals altogether. Montembeault's quality start percentage is 45.7% and he has qualified for 32 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. He has made the start in 70 games and has played for a total of 4,476 minutes. Montembeault is sitting with a lifetime record of 27-35-11 and has been in net for 84 games. He has compiled 2,229 saves out of 2,485 shots tried, giving him a rate of .897.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Detroit (-102)
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