Montreal Canadiens (13-13-3, 29 pts)  VS. Calgary Flames (14-12-2, 29 pts) 

NHL: Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 7:30 PM ET (Bell Centre)

Moneyline: Calgary +170 / Montreal -200

Puckline: Calgary +1.5 (-225) / Montreal -1.5 (+190)  

Over/Under: 5.5 

FREE NHL PICK CALGARY FLAMES VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS

The Montreal Canadiens make their way to  Calgary to face the struggling Calgary Flames in a battle of two middle-of-the-pack teams.

The Montreal Canadiens are in third place in the Atlantic division and are in 9th Place in the Eastern Conference. The Canadians have won five out of their last six games, including a 10-1 blowout in Detroit against the Red Wings. Overall the Montreal Canadiens are below average as a team; they are 23rd in goals with an average of 2.8 goals per game and our 20th in the power play. They are lead by Brendan Gallagher (13 goals, assists, 19 points) who leads the team in points and goals. The right-wing from Edmonton, Alberta does lead the team in goals, but, the Montreal Canadiens are good at sharing the puck. As a whole, there are more than eight players on the Montreal Canadiens roster that has more than five goals and ten players that have more than five assists. Another player who has been doing well for the Canadiens this season is Jonathan Drouin. Drouin leads the team in assists and is second on the team in points. The Canadiens had a rough first few weeks, and their record does not show who they are as a whole. The Montreal Canadiens will be a solid team in the Eastern Conference this season.

The Calgary Flames have been on a rough patch thus far losing 4 out of their last five games. They are 18th in goal scored with an average of 2.9 goals per game and are 14th on the power play scoring 20.4% of the time. They are led by Johnny Gaudreau (12 goals, 24 assists, 36 points) who leads the team in assists and overall points, in fact, he is third in the NHL for points with 36. The left-wing from Salem, New Jersey is struggling as of late, not scoring in his last three games which is his longest scoring drought of the season. The Calgary Flames also have Sean Monahan ( 15 goals, 12 assists, 27 points) who leads the team in goals and is the best center on their team. The Calgary Flames most significant problem is their defense; they are ranked 24th in the league in goals allowed giving up 3.3 goals per game and are 28th on the penalty kill. The Flames have had four goalies start this year and their top goalie Mike Smith has a positive record, however, has been falling apart as of late giving up an average of 4 goals in the last six games.

NHL TRENDS BY COVER THE SPREAD 365

MONTREAL  VS. CALGARY

Calgary is 1-5 ATS in its last six games and Montreal is 5-1 ATS in its last six game

Calgary is 4-11 ATS at home this season and Montreal is 5-7 ATS on the road this season

Calgary is 5-3-2 as the Underdog and Montreal is 8-7-2 as the Favorite

FREE NHL PREDICTIONS CALGARY FLAMES VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Both of these teams have close to identical records are equal on the season; however, the Montreal Canadiens have been playing much better as of late compared to the Flames. The Canadiens have been moving the puck around better in their past five games, and this has led to success in defending and scoring. Add on to the fact that the Flames have been struggling on defense this looks like a game that is in favor of the Montreal Canadiens. Look for the Montreal Canadiens to cover the spread and the Calgary Flames their fourth straight loss.

Pick: Montreal Canadiens -1.5

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