Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 16, 2022

It's a tire fire in Montreal this season as the Canadiens head to the desert with a 1-9-3 record over their last 13 games.

Montreal
22-49-9-2
AT
January 17, 2022, 4:00 PM ET
Gila River Arena
Arizona
25-50-3-4
Puckline +1.5 -220
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +5.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

Puckline -1.5 +183
Moneyline -132
Over / Under u +5.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

The Montreal Canadiens are making a rare appearance in the desert on Monday to take on the Arizona Coyotes.  With just a single win over their last 13 games, the Habs sit last in last place in NHL standings and have been off since a 3-2 overtime loss in Chicago on Thursday.  They ‘Yotes are only one point up on Montreal after being swept in a home-and-home against Colorado, including a 5-0 shutout at home on Saturday.

This game opened as a pick’em on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Canadiens vs. Coyotes NHL Betting Odds

Montreal has won three of the last four meetings between these teams, although they haven’t played each other since a 3-2 Coyotes win at the Bell Centre on Feb. 10, 2020.  Low scoring has been a consistent trend in this head-to-head with the total going Under in the last four games.

The Canadiens sit in last place in the NHL standings for a reason.  Montreal is riding a five-game losing streak overall and they’ve dropped eight straight on the road.  They’ve also been a terrible cover option, going 14-22 against the spread for the year, including 8-12 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in five of Montreal’s last six games against Western Conference opponents.

Arizona is in a familiar position near the bottom of the standings.  The Coyotes have lost 11 of their last 13 games overall and nine of their last 11 at home.  They’re 16-20 ATS overall this season and 7-11 ATS at home.  The total has gone Under in four of the Coyotes’ last five games against Eastern Conference opponents.

Montreal Canadiens

It’s pretty easy to figure out what’s hurting Montreal this year.  They’re dead last in the NHL with 2.08 average goals scored per game and third-last in goals allowed at 3.64.  The Canadiens recorded just three shots in the first period against Chicago, before Jeff Petry and Mike Hoffman finally scored in the second period.  It was Petry’s first goal in 29 games this season.  Sam Montembeault stopped 28 shots.

There’s been a serious lack of offence in Montreal this year.  Nick Suzuki leads the team with just 19 points and no one has scored more than the seven goals Suzuki and Josh Anderson have each recorded.  Only seven Canadiens players have reach double-digit points.  Anderson, who has missed the last 11 games with an upper-body injury, is expected to return to the lineup Monday.

With Jake Allen out of the lineup due to an undisclosed injury and Carey Price still working his way back from off-season knee surgery, Montembeault should get the start again on Monday.  Montembeault is 1-6-3 this season, with a 3.89 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.  Cayden Primeau was called up from the taxi squad to backup Montembeault.

Arizona Coyotes

The Habs aren’t the only team giving up more goals than they score.  Arizona sits second-last in the NHL with 2.14 goals per game and they give up a league-high 3.72 goals.  The Coyotes only managed 20 shots on Saturday against their former goaltender, Darcy Kuemper.  Karel Vejmelka stopped 27 of 32 shots against Colorado.  Clayton Keller leads the team with 13 goals and 27 points.

Arizona has been hammered by COVID recently.  Defencemen Jakob Chychrun, Anton Stralman, Cam Dineen and Kyle Capobianco are all in COVID protocols, along with goaltender Scott Wedgewood and head coach Andre Tourigny.  Only three of the Coyotes’ available defencemen have played at least nine games this season.

Vejmelka (4-14-1, 3.27 GAA, .906 SV) will likely get the start on Monday.

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