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#49 Detroit Red Wings vs.
#50 Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Bell Centre, Montreal
Written by Joshua Broom

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Eastern Conference Atlantic division rivals face off tonight as the Montreal Canadiens host the Detroit Red Wings.

Detroit enters today’s contest having recently snapped a 12-game losing streak after defeating Winnipeg 5-2 on the home end of a home-and-home series. Meanwhile, Montreal has claimed three straight wins, and four of five, to take third place in the Atlantic. Detroit holds an early-season home win 4-2 over Montreal. Though, since, each team has taken opposite directions.

The Canadiens open as -240 favorites for this second meeting vs. the Red Wings.

Detroit looks for consecutive wins for first time since early Nov.

After a prolonged losing streak, which places Detroit at both the bottom of the Atlantic Division and NHL, the Red Wings broke through Thurs. winning 5-2 vs. Winnipeg. Robby Fabbri added two goals and Falip Zadina one goal and two assists as Detroit ended an offensive drought which saw the Wings score just seven times in eight games. Tonight’s Red Wings probable Jonathan Bernier stopped 26 of 28 Jets shots to claim his sixth win this season. Bernier’s record stands at 6-9-2 with a 3.34 gaa and .890 save percentage.

Overall, Detroit places last offensively and defensively as their core hasn’t made consistent plays all year. The Red Wings convert power plays at a 16.2 percent rate (#24 NHL) and stop 82.7 percent of opposing man advantages -also an NHL low. Detroit is 3-11-1 away and have lost their last six in opposing arenas.

Montreal seeks fourth consecutive win

To avoid falling into Detroit territory, Montreal gained momentum following its own eight-game losing streak. The revitalized Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five and claim three solid, consecutive victories. The latest win came 3-2 Wed. in OT vs. Ottawa. Ben Chiarot’s extra frame goal extended the Canadiens’ success as Nick Cousins and Tomas Tatar added scoring strikes.

Montreal lists Carey Price as tonight’s probable backstop. Price seeks to improve his 13-9-3 record by winning a fourth-consecutive outing. The 32-year-old owns a .905 save percentage and 2.95 gaa. Overall, the Canadiens rank 11th leaguewide at 104 goals. While offensively competent, Montreal’s defense struggles having allowed 105 goals against (#25). Claude Julien’s men stop 76 percent of opposing teams’ man advantages while capitalizing on 20.2 of their own.

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With three consecutive wins, and facing an opponent that recently dropped 12 straight, I’ll take home-standing Montreal in this contest. The Canadiens obviously hold advantages on both ends vs. a Detroit group rated last overall offensively and defensively. Look for Carey Price to gain his fourth straight win as his Canadiens’ franchise does the same. Montreal is 8-7-3 from home this season. Take the Canadiens tonight with the SU victory.

Prediction: Montreal wins

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With the total set at six, I see a push tonight as Montreal adds four goals and Detroit two. I’m still not convinced the Red Wings can offer much offense on the road following their recent eight goals in seven games downturn. Meanwhile, the Canadiens are solid offensively, and will add scores vs. Detroit, but Montreal’s defensive shortcomings will prevent an Under. I’ll advise six goals total for this divisional clash.

Prediction: Push
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Written By Joshua Broom

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Joshua Broom has lent his thirty-plus years of insight to several sports outlets and has appeared on national radio to talk hoops. Now a dedicated handicapper, Joshua avidly critiques NBA, MLB and college and professional basketball and football trends for the betting public. Check out his picks today at Stat Salt to get a leg up on your bookie.