Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 14, 2024

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators

The Montreal Canadiens conclude the road portion of their 2023-24 schedule as they visit the Detroit Red Wings on Monday in an Original Six matchup.

April 15, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Little Caesars Arena
Puckline +1.5 -135
Moneyline +180
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +115
Moneyline -225
Over / Under u +6

The Wings opened as -190 favourites to win on the NHL odds.

Canadiens vs. Red Wings NHL Betting Odds

These teams turn right around and face off Tuesday in Montreal to conclude the regular season. The Canadiens are simply playing for pride at this point as they will be back in the NHL Draft lottery with the fifth-fewest points in the league. Detroit still has a shot at the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot.

The lone meeting between these Original Six rivals this season was way back on Nov. 9 in Detroit with the Canadiens prevailing 3-2 in overtime. Cole Caufield scored on the power play at 4:16 of OT. Mike Matheson and Nick Suzuki scored in regulation for the Habs, who blew leads of 1-0 in the second and 2-1 in the third. Cayden Primeau stopped 27 shots. Christian Fischer and J.T. Compher had goals for the Red Wings, and James Reimer finished with 23 saves. It was Reimer’s holding penalty that had put Montreal on the power play in overtime.

Detroit has won six of the past 10 in the series overall and the over-under is 4-6.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal has lost five of six following a 5-4 shootout defeat in Ottawa on Saturday – the Habs will play their home and regular-season finale on Tuesday against the Red Wings. The Canadiens had four different one-goal leads on the Senators but allowed the tying goal at 18:55 of the third. It was Ottawa’s ninth straight win in the series. Cole Caufield was a bright spot for Montreal with two goals. He has 27 on the season, a career high. Mike Matheson opened the scoring with a short-handed goal, his second of the season. He became the ninth defenceman in Canadiens history to score multiple shorthanded goals in a season with the last to do so Mike Komisarek in 2006-07 also with two. Cayden Primeau was in net Saturday so it should be Sam Montembeault here. He stopped 28 of 31 shots in last Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders to fall to 16-15-0 with a 3.10 GAA. Montreal is 3-12 in its past 15 on the road.

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington are tied for the East’s final wild-card spot with 87 points. The Capitals would win the tiebreaker currently so at some point, the Wings are going to need help even if they win out. They saved their season Saturday with a 5-4 OT win in Toronto despite blowing a 4-1 second-period lead. Dylan Larkin’s 33rd goal of the season, coming on the power play, won it at 0:41 of overtime. It was Larkin’s ninth career OT goal, tying Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman for second most in Red Wings history. Patrick Kane had an assist and now has 812 career helpers, one shy of tying Mike Modano for the second-most by a U.S.-born player behind 894 from Phil Housley. James Reimer got the start in net in Toronto in his 500th career game. Not clear if it will be him or Alex Lyon on Monday considering it’s the front end of a back-to-back. Detroit is 4-2 in its past six at home.

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