Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 22, 2021

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Tyler Toffoli is the first player in NHL history to score his first five goals with his new team against his former team. Toffoli and Bo Horvat are tied for top spot in the NHL with five goals apiece.

Montreal
9-6-2-2
AT
January 23, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
8-14-2
Puckline -1.5 +161
Moneyline -145
Over / Under o +6

64%

Betting Action

36%

Puckline +1.5 -193
Moneyline +120
Over / Under u +6

64%

Betting Action

36%

After a wild back-and-forth game led to a shootout win for Vancouver on Wednesday, the Canadiens stormed back and crushed the Canucks 7-3 on Thursday, in the second game of their three game series.  The Wednesday game was sloppy and filled with mistakes for both teams, but Montreal was able to tighten up their game on Thursday, while Vancouver continued to make the same bad decisions over and over, again.  Saturday’s game is huge for the Canucks.  In such a condensed season, Vancouver can’t afford to let the Habs go back to Montreal with five of a possible six points.

Canadiens vs. Canucks Betting Analysis

Montreal has been the Canucks’ kryptonite for the last few years.  The Habs have won nine of their last 11 games against Vancouver and outshot the Canucks 41-29 in that span.  Covering hasn’t been an issue for Montreal this season, as they are 4-1 against the spread and have hit the over in three of their five games.

The Canucks blueline hasn’t been able to stay healthy this season, which is possibly a factor in their high scoring games.  Vancouver has hit the over in five of their six games and they are 2-4 ATS for the season.

Montreal Canadiens

Tyler Toffoli continues to haunt his former team, picking up another two goals and an assist in Montreal’s 7-3 rout of the Canucks on Thursday.  Toffoli now has six points, including five goals, in the first two games of this three game set, against the team he played 10 games with at the end of last season.  Toffoli is the first player in NHL history to score his first five goals with his new team against the last team he played for, and his five goals on the year, ironically puts him in a tie with Vancouver’s Bo Horvat for the league lead.  Joel Armia had an even bigger night than Toffoli, finishing with two goals and two assists, before leaving in the third period with a concussion.  The Habs now lead the NHL with four shorthanded goals, after Armia and Toffoli each picked one up on the penalty kill.  It was a fairly quiet night for Jake Allen, who earned his second win of the season after facing just 17 shots in the game, including only three shots in the second period.

Vancouver Canucks

It’s been a disastrous stretch for the Canucks, as they have now dropped four of their last five games and only have two wins on the year.  Their issues are only magnified in a condensed NHL season, with every missed point potentially the difference between the playoffs and a long off-season.  Bo Horvat has been one of the few positives for Vancouver.  Horvat had his second straight two-goal game on Wednesday, bringing his total to five goals on the year and tying him with Joel Armia for the league lead.  The second period was really where the wheels fell off for the Canucks.  They were outshot 18-3, they gave up a goal on their own power play for the second time in the game, and they allowed four goals in the period, including a stretch of three goals in less than a minute.  Elias Pettersson‘s offensive struggles continued with his fifth straight pointless game, while Thatcher Demko made 35 saves on 42 shots in the loss.

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