MetroBet previews a pair of games on the Tuesday NHL slate.
Anaheim Ducks at Montreal Canadiens
Moneyline: Ducks +180, Canadiens -220
Puckline: Ducks +1.5 goals (-155), Canadiens -1.5 goals (+135)
Betting Total: 6.0 goals (Over -105, Under -115)
Time (Eastern): 7:30 p.m.
The Montreal Canadiens will be heavy favorites over the beleaguered Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, but it doesn’t look like there’s an upset in the making.
The home team has won seven straight meetings dating back to 2015, and the Canadiens are 6-1 in their last seven in the third game of a three-games-in-four-nights situation, per Covers.com. Montreal has won six of their last eight games overall, thanks in large to part to some spectacular recent play from netminder Carey Price, who sports a .947 save percentage over his last five starts.
Meanwhile, it’s hard to find a positive trend for the Ducks coming into Tuesday night. They’re 2-8 in their last 10 road games and 1-9 in their last 10 against Eastern Conference opponents. At least they’ll look good in defeat in their retro-inspired throwback uniforms.
Prediction: Canadiens win, 3-2
Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers
Moneyline: Blackhawks +115, Oilers -130
Puckline: Blackhawks +1.5 goals (-215), Oilers -1.5 goals (+185)
Betting Total: 6.5 goals (Over -115, Under -105)
Time (Eastern): 9 p.m.
There’s a strong case to be made for the underdog Chicago Blackhawks (20-24-9) as they take on the Edmonton Oilers (23-24-5) at Rogers Place on Tuesday night.
Chicago has been terrible for most of this season, but they’re currently in the midst of a four-game win streak. All-Star right winger Patrick Kane has played like a man possessed since the start of 2019, scoring 26 points in his last 11 games. Center Johnathan Toews has notched nine points in his last four games, including a three-goal, two-assist outburst against the Capitals on Jan. 20. Right winger Alex Debrincat has given Blackhawks fans hope for the future, and is currently on a run of nine points in five contests.
These forwards have helped contribute to Chicago’s red-hot power play, which is firing at over 41 percent over their last 10 games. By contrast, Edmonton’s penalty kill is at an abysmal 65.7 percent in the same span.
Connor McDavid and the Oilers could be kept in the game by the subpar Blackhawks netminder, Cam Ward (.890 save percentage), but expect Chicago to outduel Edmonton as slight underdogs. For what it’s worth to totals bettors, games involving the Blackhawks with a line of 6.5 goals or higher have seen the total exceeded in 10 of 12 opportunities this season, per Covers.com.
Prediction: Blackhawks win, 4-3
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