Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 13, 2022

It’s an Original Six matchup Thursday night and the second of a back-to-back for the Montreal Canadiens as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Montreal
22-49-9-2
AT
January 13, 2022, 8:30 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
28-42-10-2
Puckline +1.5 -110
Moneyline +200
Over / Under o +5.5

16%

Betting Action

84%

Puckline -1.5 +104
Moneyline -241
Over / Under u +5.5

16%

Betting Action

84%

The Blackhawks are -208 favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Canadiens vs. Blackhawks NHL Betting Odds

Thursday concludes the regular-season series between these teams. On Dec. 9 at Bell Centre, the Blackhawks were 2-0 winners behind Quebec native Marc-Andre Fleury, who got his historic 500th career win in the shutout. He joined Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only NHL goaltenders to reach 500 career victories, and the Habs fans reacted with such class by cheering Fleury. Interim Blackhawks coach Derek King said he’d never heard a Bell Centre crowd cheer for a visiting player like that.

Fleury is now up to 503 wins and won’t catch Roy (551) this season. He’s never catching Brodeur (691). Jonathan Toews and Henrik Borgstrom had the Chicago goals. Jake Allen had 23 saves in the loss.

Because the teams didn’t play last season and the pandemic wiped out the 2019-20 game in Chicago, Thursday will be Montreal’s first game there since a 3-2 on Dec. 9, 2018. The road team has won seven straight in the series.

Montreal Canadiens

The extremely short-handed Canadiens returned from a long COVID break Wednesday and were predictably routed 5-1 in Boston. Michael Pezzetta had his second goal of the season, but it came with the team already down 4-0. Jake Allen left with an injury in the first period and Sam Montembeault surrendered three goals on 34 shots in relief. Montembeault was to start tonight and presumably will have to because it doesn’t appear there are any other options. The Habs are still down several other players due to protocols and injury. A few did return Wednesday, notably Joel Armia, Mike Hoffman, Jeff Petry and Christian Dvorak. Montreal is 4-11 in its past 15 in the second of a back-to-back.

Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago enters on two-game winning streak, both on the road, after a 4-2 victory as a short favourite on Tuesday in Columbus. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 of 26 shots to improve to 11-11-2 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .910 save per centage. He should be in net Thursday. Alex DeBrincat had two goals and leads the team by a mile with 23 – no one else has more than eight. Blueliner Riley Stillman had two assists and has a career-high three-game points streak. Two of Chicago’s top defenceman, Seth Jones (third on team with 25 points) and Jake McCabe, missed the game in COVID protocols and presumably will not play Thursday, either. Chicago is 1-5 in its past six at home.

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