Montreal Canadiens (4-9 SU, 2-11 PL, 9-3-1 O/U) vs Chicago Blackhawks (6-7 SU, 6-7 PL, 7-5-1 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Sunday, November 5, 2017
Where: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
Tonight on the ice, the Atlantic Division will square off with the Central Division as the Montreal Canadiens duke it out with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Canadiens will be playing on no rest as they have a game in Winnipeg on Saturday, while the Blackhawks enter off a game in Minnesota on Saturday. Goalie Probables: The Canadiens will send out Carey Price in this one and he will be opposed by Anton Forsberg.
Habs Lose Big In The Twin Cities
The Montreal Canadiens are not having much fun to start their year as they have won just four of their 13 games played and that has them in a tie with Florida for last place in the Atlantic Division. They did look like they were starting to turn things around as they had won two games in a row, but that mini win streak came to a halt with a 6-3 road loss to Minnesota. The Habs fell down 3-0 after one and 4-0 at the midway point of the 2nd period and were never able to recover the rest of the way. Scoring for Montreal in the loss was, Brendan Gallagher, who scored twice in the game and now has six goals on the year and Andrew Shaw, which was his 1st of the year. Al Montoya will be getting the start so in this one it will be Carey Price that starts for the Habs. Price took the loss against the Wild and is now 3-8 with a 3.77 GAA and a .877 save percentage on the year overall, including 1-5 with a 4.29 GAA and a .878 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 121-113 with a 2.62 GAA on the road and 50-36 with a 2.18 GAA during the month of November, plus he has gone 26-29 with a 2.42 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Blackhawks in his career he has gone 3-5 with a 2.64 GAA.
The Canadiens have been really poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring at 2.54 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots taken (37.5 spg) and 29th in power play conversions, converting on 13.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very poor as they come in ranked 29th in goals allowed, giving up 3.92 gpg, while also ranking 7th in shots allowed (30.6%) and 27th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 23.9% of their chances.
Crawford Pitches Shutout Against The Flyers
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten off to a bit of a slow start as they are just 6-7 out the gate, after leading the Western Conference in points last year. There is still plenty of time left in the season and this team should be fine and they should be in the postseason, but for now, they are looking like a very average team They do come in off a nice 3-0 shutout of an improved Flyers team and that win broke a three-game losing streak they were. Corey Crawford got the start in the game and he stopped all 35 shots that he faced in the game for his first shutout of the year and 22nd of his career. Crawford is now 6-4 with a 1.92 GAA and a .941 save percentage on the year, including 4-2 with a 1.33 GAA and a .959 save percentage here at home. He should be getting the start in Minnesota on Saturday, so in this one, it will be Anton Forsberg that will get the nod and he has gone 1-2 with a 4.25 GAA and a .895 save percentage on the year, including 0-1 with a 1.85 GAA and a .952 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 1-4 with a 3.41 GAA at home and 0-1 with a 5.30 GAA during November. This will be his first-ever meeting with the Canadiens. Scoring for the Blackhawks in the win over the Flyers was Artem Anisimov, which was his 4th of the year, Jonathan Toews, which was his 4th of the year and Alex Debrincat, which was his 2nd of the year.
Chicago has been very good on offense this year as they come in ranked 13th in the league in scoring at 3.16 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (32.9 spg) and 28th in power play conversions, converting on 13.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been very good so far as they are ranked 7th in goals allowed, giving up just 2.62 gpg, while also ranking 29th in shots allowed (34.5 spg) and 9th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 16.4% of their chances.
- 18-37 in their last 55 vs. the Western Conference
- 7-21 in their last 28 vs. the Central
- 61-17 in their last 78 vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- 39-18 in their last 57 vs. the Atlantic
The Montreal Canadiens have not had a very good start to their year, but neither have the Blackhawks. Montreal has struggled to score this year, while the Blackhawks have not. Carey Price is getting the start in this game for Montreal and he is just 3-5 with a 2.64 GAA in his career against the Blackhawks. Anton Forsberg has struggled on the road, but he was very sharp in his lone home start as he allowed just two goals in an OT loss to the Oilers. I see him getting the win in this one, especially since Montreal has lost their last eight games here in Chicago. Take the Blackhawks in this one.