Montreal Canadiens vs. Nashville Predators Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Dec 04, 2021

Ben Chiarot, Montreal Canadiens, 2021

The Predators aim to close out a three-game home stand on a winning note when they host the struggling Habs on Saturday.

Montreal
8-25-7
AT
December 04, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville
25-14-2-1
Puckline +1.5 -124
Moneyline +185
Over / Under o +5.5

15%

Betting Action

85%

Puckline -1.5 +102
Moneyline -222
Over / Under u +5.5

15%

Betting Action

85%

The Predators saw their offensive attack sputter once again while dropping a 2-0 decision to the Boston Bruins on Thursday. The Canadiens arrive in town looking to snap a two-game slide after falling well short in a 4-1 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

With the support of just 11% of sports bettors, the Canadiens have steadily lost ground since opening as +160 underdogs, and now trail as a lengthy +176 bet. Conversely, the Predators have soared, climbing to -212 home favourites. The total has held steady since opening at 5.5, but with the backing of 82% of bets, the OVER has improved to a -115 wager.

Canadiens vs. Predators NHL Betting Odds

Saturday night’s matchup at Bridgestone Arena marks the second and final meeting between these two teams this season. Montreal earned a rare victory when the Predators visited Bell Centre on November 20, romping a 6-3 victory as +105 underdogs, snapping a five-game losing streak.

However, the Canadiens have mustered just one victory in their past five visits to Music City, scoring just eight total goals in those contests. The Predators were far from a dominant offensive force in those contests, scoring three or fewer goals on four occasions, fueling a 3-1-1 run for the UNDER during that stretch.

Montreal Canadiens

A corner office shakeup has yet have any impact on the Canadiens’ on-ice fortunes. The club’s losing ways continued this week with back-to-back home losses to the Vancouver and Colorado, in which they were outscored by a 6-2 overall margin. Overall, the Canadiens have now lost eight of 10, but are hoping to build on a 6-3 win in Pittsburgh last weekend that marks just their second away victory of the season.

Things could be much worse in Montreal were it not for the recent steady play of Jake Allen. The Canadiens netminder received little support from teammates while stopping 70 of 75 shots faced over this week’s two defeats. Allen also stoned the Penguins in last Saturday’s road win, turning aside 47 of 50 shots faced. He has also performed in recent visits to Nashville, making 77 total saves while powering Montreal to a 1-0-1 record in those contests.

Nashville Predators

Consistent offensive production has also eluded the Predators this season. Currently ranked 23rd in the NHL in team scoring, Nashville has failed to score more than two goals in consecutive outings over their past eight contests. Of course, the Predators have not been without their offensive outbursts during that stretch.

Most notable among them was Filip Forberg’s four-goal performance in Tuesday’s 6-0 rout of the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. Forsberg has shown no ill effects of the injury that sidelined him for three weeks in November, potting six goals and two assists in five games since his return.

However, the team’s leading goal scorer Matt Duchene has been somewhat quiet of late, scoring just once on 19 total shots over his past six outings.

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