Montreal has lost six of their last eight games and desperately needs to get back in the win column. A visit to Detroit to face the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference should help.
The Montreal Canadiens have surprised the hockey world by putting themselves in contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this season. However, with 19 games to go, they are in their biggest funk of the 2018-19 campaign.
Canadiens vs Red Wings Betting Analysis
Montreal enters Tuesday’s contest with a 14-13-3 record on the road this season. The Canadiens had won four straight as a favorite before stumbling in New Jersey as a -150 chalk. Montreal is also 4-0 in its last four road games versus teams with a home winning percentage of less than .400.
Detroit fits that bill with a 12-16-3 record on home ice this season. The Red Wings are just 11-20 this season against teams with a winning record. They’ve lost five of the last six times they’ve hosted Montreal and nine of the last 11 meetings overall.
The Canadiens absolutely need a strong performance this week following Saturday night’s loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Montreal jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but completely blew it on the road as Toronto stormed back to win the game 6-3. Consistency will be the key for the Canadiens the rest of the way as they try to hold off the Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres for a Wild Card spot.
They’ll be in a tight spot on Tuesday as it will not only be a back-to-back on the road situation, it’s also their third game in four nights.
Montreal has won the first two meetings between these teams by a combined 10-5 score, so the expectation should be that they continue to roll in this next meeting with important playoff points up for grabs.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit comes into this contest in a big slump as they’ve lost five in a row and eight of their last 10. However, that’s been mostly common place for this team as they’ve been bad all year. Since starting 14-13-4, they have just nine wins in their last 32 games.
Detroit will be trying to get back to playing sound defensive hockey when they take the ice against the Habs. The Red Wings have allowed three goals or more in each of their last five and eight of 10. Detroit doesn’t have the firepower to keep up with teams that put up four or five goals a night so they will need to play better in their own end in order to compete.
The Red Wings could also use some better goaltending with Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier both going through a rough stretch. Detroit has struggled on home ice this season including just one win in its last six games at Little Caesars Arena. It doesn’t help that they only score 2.79 goals per game at home, which is the fifth-worst mark in the league.