Does a Red Wings-Canadiens matchup look familiar from an NHL betting perspective? The two teams played Thursday night in the Motor City and complete the home-and-home on Saturday.
Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal
Moneylines: Canadiens -160, Red Wings +145 (5.5)
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
This is an odd schedule quirk for the Wings as this is their only road game sandwiched in a span of eight at home (the Jets visit Detroit on Tuesday). The Wings will also return to Montreal on March 26.
Last season, Detroit was 1-1 in Montreal. The Canadiens won the first meeting early on, 5-0, with Andrew Shaw having a goal and two assists, and Carey Price stopping 25 shots. Jimmy Howard was in net for Detroit but was pulled in the third. At the time, it was Montreal’s club-record 10th straight win to start a season. It would lose the next one.
Detroit’s second visit was late in the regular season and a 2-1 overtime victory. Anthony Mantha, a Montreal-area native, scored at 4:10 of overtime. Howard had 35 saves as the game’s No. 1 star. Artturi Lehkonen tied it for Montreal with 2:29 left in the third. The Habs, who had won their past six at home in the series, went with Al Montoya in net.
Detroit is 4-12 overall in the past 16 in the series, and the under is 4-1-1 in the previous six meetings.
Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings (10-11-5) are on a season-high six-game losing streak following Thursday’s 6-3 defeat to the Canadiens – the second time Detroit has allowed six goals in the skid and fifth time allowing at least four. The Wings led 2-1 after one period thanks to goals from Mantha (12th of season) and Tomas Tatar (eighth) but then allowed five straight goals over the second and third periods. If there was a bright side, the Wings were 2-for-4 on the power play. They are Top 10 in that and on the penalty kill but scoring only 2.7 goals per game and allowing 3.0.
Detroit is hoping to get back winger Martin Frk on Saturday. He was a game-time call Thursday but didn’t play. Frk (6G, 3A in 18 games) has been out since Nov. 11 due to a groin injury. There’s a decent chance that backup Petr Mrazek is in net here with Howard starting every game of the losing streak.
Montreal (12-12-3) has won four in a row to reach .500 for the first time this season, which has coincided with the return of Carey Price from injury as he has been in net for all four games. He was the No. 2 star Thursday with 28 saves. Brendan Gallagher was No. 1 with two goals and an assist. It was the 100th victory for Claude Julien as Canadiens coach.
Will Montreal get centre Jonathan Drouin back Saturday? He didn’t travel to Detroit with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. Drouin has five goals and 12 assists and is on a three-game points streak (2G, 2A). In addition, defenceman Shea Weber was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Red Wings at Canadiens Prediction
Montreal 4, Detroit 1