Montreal Canadiens vs. Carolina Hurricanes: NHL Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 01, 2019

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The Montreal Canadiens have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and look to start remedying that on Thursday when they open the 2019-20 season at Carolina.

Montreal
31-31-8-1
AT
October 03, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
PNC Arena
Carolina
38-25-5
Puckline +1.5 -197
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +6

71%

Betting Action

29%

Puckline -1.5 +164
Moneyline -162
Over / Under u +6

71%

Betting Action

29%

These two teams had an interesting tie this off-season in stellar young Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho. It’s very rare for teams to tender an offer sheet to another team’s restricted free agent in the NHL. However, Montreal did just that this summer by giving Aho an offer sheet worth five years and a cap hit of $8.45 million (US) per season.

It was the first time in six years a team tendered an offer sheet to an RFA. Teams just never let these guys go. Carolina had a week to match and would have gotten a first-round pick, second-round pick and third-round pick as compensation had it not, but there was never a chance the Hurricanes were going to let Aho walk. Now 22, the Finn had 30 goals and 53 assists last year. Essentially, all that offer sheet did was tie up Montreal’s potential cap space while it waited for Carolina’s decision.

Canadiens vs Hurricanes Betting Analysis

Carolina was 2-1 vs. Montreal last year and won the lone game in Raleigh. In fact, the Canes haven’t lost at home in the series since 2016-17.

The Habs are 1-6 in the past seven meetings. The under is 3-0-1 in the past four at Carolina.

Montreal Canadiens

The Habs finished two points out of the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot last year and were the only East team with a positive point differential to miss the playoffs. The team had a rather unimpressive off-season, also losing on out free agent Matt Duchene, adding the likes of centre Nick Cousins, defenceman Ben Chiarot and goalie Keith Kinkaid, shipping Andrew Shaw to Chicago for draft picks and losing blueline Jordie Benn to Vancouver.

Phillip Danault led the Canadiens with three points (1G, 2A) vs. Carolina last year, while Jeff Petry had two goals. Carey Price was 1-1-1 with a 2.67 GAA and .914 SV. Montreal is 2-12 in its past 14 vs. Metropolitan Division teams.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes barely snuck into the playoffs last season as the East’s top wild-card team and then proceeded to upset the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in seven games and sweep the New York Islanders before running out of gas in the East Finals and being swept by Boston. The Canes were able to re-sign one half of their goaltending duo in Petr Mrazek but lost Curtis McElhinney to Tampa Bay. James Reimer will now split time with Mrazek.

Other than re-signing Aho, the biggest additions were former Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner, ex-Senators forward Ryan Dzingel and former Canucks winger Erik Haula. Dzingel could miss this game with a lower-body injury. The Hurricanes are 16-5 in their past 21 as a home favorite.

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