Montreal Canadiens (33-23-7, 73 points) @ Detroit Red Wings (23-31-9, 55 points)
February 26, 2019, 7:30 PM EST (Little Caesars Arena)
Moneyline: Montreal Canadiens -125/ Detroit Red Wings +105
Puckline: Montreal Canadiens -1.5
ESPN NHL Scores: Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens are on a two-game losing streak and are 4-5-1 in their last ten games, but they still have a hold of the first Wild Card spot in the East. A much-needed trip to Detroit could help them make some space between themselves and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Detroit Red Wings have lost two-in-a-row and have only won two games in their last ten. With two helpful names being traded off the roster in the last week, Detroit looks poised to fall deeper into the abyss.
The Montreal Canadiens are 4-5-1 in their last ten games, but losses to the Maple Leafs (rivals in the Atlantic Division and current holders of the number three spot) and the lowly New Jersey Devils were not what the doctor ordered.
Montreal is a surprise playoff contender (in my book) and has relied on their ability to control the puck to get the upper hand on their opponents. With the second most shots, blocked shots, and attempted shots, the Canadiens have established themselves as an aggressive offense.
Their downfall is the lack of a true goal scorer and dominant presence. The Canadiens are getting scoring from Max Domi (20 goals), Tomas Tatar (21 goals) and Brendan Gallagher (26 goals), but the team owns the 9th worst shot percentage in the league. If those three aren’t the ones shooting the puck, they struggle to find scoring (most recently playing out in the 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils).
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings were predicted to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline as well as contenders for Jack Hughes. Now that the 2019 deadline has passed, the Red Wings can now say they’ve traded away one of their most consistent Corsi defensemen and their second-best scoring forward.
Not sure if they’d proudly boast the loss of Nyquist and Jensen, but it definitely doesn’t bode well for any games the Wings will play for the rest of the season.
The Red Wings did hold onto Jimmy Howard, who owns a .910 save percentage and a 2.88 GAA. Jimmy looked ready to venture into the field of playoff contenders, but the deals put in front of Ken Holland were not tempting enough. Howard will probably give the Wings their best chance to win games as this season heads into the final stretch.
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Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Montreal is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Montreal is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Free NHL Predictions: Montreal Canadiens @ Detroit Red Wings
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The Canadiens are not going to lose two straight games to the league’s bottom feeders. The Red Wings will also be fumbling to figure out their top lines, with Gustav Nyquist headed out the door. It will be interesting to see if Filip Zadina finds some footing, but I don’t expect him to be enough to fix the Red Wing’s scoring troubles (which should be taking effect now).