Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Prediction, Preview and Odds

The Montreal Canadiens come into this contest on the road with an overall record of 7-23-4.

Through 34 games, the Canadiens are eighth in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have scored 73 goals, which ranks 30th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 27th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score an average of 3.62 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 2nd in the league. When looking at opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 31st ranked team in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks prepare to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 13-18-5. This mark places them in 7th place in the Central. This mark places them in 7th place in the Central Division. In 36 games, the Blackhawks have scored 87 goals for an average of 2.33. This mark ranks them 28th among NHL teams. Defensively, they are 25th on the team with 3.36 goals per game. So far, they have played the 5th toughest schedule in the league. And, when you factor in their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they rank 28th in the NHL.

Montreal is coming off a loss to Florida.

Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens’ leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In his team’s 34 games, he has seven goals and 12 assists. He has scored his goals with a shooting percentage of 8.9%. However, when he is on the ice, the Canadiens have a -15 scoring differential. The team’s leading scorer is Josh Anderson. Montreal’s top goaltender is Jake Allen, who concedes an average of 3.1 goals per game. In the 23 games he has played, he has only managed a quality start 48% of the time.
The Montreal Canadiens are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers, in which the Canadiens gave the Panthers 5 chances on the power play, leading to a goal. Overall, they allowed their opponent to score on 10.42% of their shots. On Montreal’s low scoring night, they struggled to generate time playing with the man advantage. For the game, they finished with just 3 power play opportunities.

Chicago’s leading scorer has the power play.

Through 36 games, Chicago’s leading scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 23 goals and 6 assists, he is second in total points with 29. On the season he is converting 20.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team’s overall leader in points. In Chicago’s 36 games, he has scored 7 goals on a 6.1% shooting percentage. However, when he is on the ice, the Blackhawks have a -14.0 scoring differential. Chicago’s best goaltender is Marc-Andre Fleury, who concedes an average of 2.88 goals per game.

The Chicago Blackhawks are coming off a 4-2 home win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the match, the team needed 20 shots to reach its scoring output. The Blackhawks managed to score 4 times, despite not converting any of their 4 power play opportunities. Defensively, they did a good job of avoiding penalty time, giving the Blue only 2 power-play opportunities.

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