The Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in NHL action at the Honda Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Montreal Canadiens Betting Preview
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Cole Caufield leads Montreal with 26 goals, Nick Suzuki has 27 assists and Josh Anderson has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 114 goals on 1,112 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 85 goals on 891 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks Betting Preview
The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Trevor Zegras leads Anaheim with 20 goals, Troy Terry has 30 assists and Frank Vatrano has 176 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 4.1 goals per game and are killing 73.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. John Gibson has given up 155 goals on 1,585 shots faced, and Anthony Stolarz has allowed 51 goals on 494 shots.
Canadiens vs Ducks Trends
The Canadiens are 23-51 in their last 74 road games and 21-43 in their last 64 vs. Western Conference. The Ducks are 17-36 in their last 53 home games and 24-62 in their last 86 overall. The over is 7-3 in Canadiens last 10 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Ducks last 4 overall. The Canadiens are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Anaheim and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams, and the Anaheim Ducks are getting the benefit of the doubt because they’re at home. However, neither team is good, and I’m not laying juice with either side. Also, you can argue the Canadiens are the better team this season. Give me the plus money.