Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 5 (12/5): NHL

Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 5 (12/5): NHL

Odds

Time 10:00 p.m. EST
Canadiens money line -105
Canadiens spread -1.5 (+215)
Canucks  money line -115
Canucks spread +1.5 (-260)
Over / under 6.5

 

2021-2022 season stats

  Montreal Canadiens Vancouver Canucks
Record 11-7-1 5-9-3
Road / home record 5-4-1 2-3-1
Streak W1 W1
Goals per game 3.32 3.41
Goals allowed per game 3.37 4.06
Shots per game 32.5 30.6
Shots allowed per game 29.5 32.8
PP % 19.6% 29.10%
PK % 25.22% 20.80%
Over / under record 11-7-1 12-5
 

Preview

The Montreal Canadiens continue on the road and will visit the Vancouver Canucks at the Rogers Arena on Friday night. These teams met three times last season and the Canucks led 2-1 with the 2 wins at home.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens have won their last 3 games and are 5-3 at home so far this season with a 8-6-1 record overall ranking 6th in the Atlantic division. They're coming from a 5-4 win in overtime at home against the Penguins. Mike Hoffman scored 63 seconds into overtime for the win. Nick Suzuki scored one goal and added one assist, Josh Anderson and Cole Caufield also scored for the Canadiens, who boosted their winning streak to three games. Jake Allen allowed four goals and made 19 saves.

Nick Suzuki leads the Canadiens with 10 goals, 9 total assists and has 19 points. Kirby Dach is leading the team in assists with 10.

In their last 10 games the Canadiens are 5-5, averaging 3.2 goals, 4.9 assists, 4.4 penalties and 11 penalty minutes while allowing 3.5 goals per game with an .871 save percentage.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks have lost 4 of their last 6 games and are 2-3-1 at home so far ranking 7th in the Pacific. They're coming from a tough game against the Buffalo Sabres on the road where they came up with the victory 5-4. Bo Horvat had a goal and two assists. The Canucks also got goals from Dakota Joshua, Ethan Bear, Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller in closing a five-game road trip. Pettersson added an assist, and backup goalie Spencer Martin made 28 saves.

Bo Horvat has scored 14 goals with 6 assists  and 20 points for the Canucks. Quinn Hughes leads the team with 14 assists.

In their last 10 games the Canucks are 5-5, averaging 4 goals, 4.9 assists, 6.5 penalties and 17.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.96 goals per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Montreal are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

Montreal are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against Vancouver.

Montreal are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games on the road.

Montreal are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Vancouver.

The total has gone OVER in 7 of Vancouver's last 8 games.

Vancouver are 5-13 SU in their last 18 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games against Montreal.

The total has gone OVER in 9 of Vancouver's last 13 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Canadiens have been playing good lately as they have won 5 of their last 6 games but they have struggled on the road losing 5 of their last 7 games away and are 1-7 last 8 games playing in Vancouver. The Canucks offense exploded in the last game vs Buffalo scoring 5 goals to win the game but they have struggled defensively allowing allowing 4.2 goals per game in their last 5 games. I expect a high scoring game and with the over cashing big time for the Canucks I think that's the best play here.

PICK: Over 6.5 (-110) 

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