Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 12, 2021

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The Montreal Canadiens begin a three-game road trip with a visit to a very improved Detroit Red Wings team in an Original Six matchup Saturday.

Montreal
8-25-6
AT
November 13, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit
18-17-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -255
Moneyline -101
Over / Under o +5.5

45%

Betting Action

55%

Puckline -1.5 +211
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +5.5

45%

Betting Action

55%

The Wings are shot favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Canadiens vs. Red Wings Nov 13th NHL Betting Odds

This starts a most unusual road trip for Montreal in that the Habs play three Original Six teams in a row on the road: Detroit, then Boston on Sunday and the New York Rangers on Tuesday. That’s not something you see every day. Because this is the front end of a back-to-back for the Canadiens, that likely will affect the goaltender choice.

In more unusual scheduling, this already wraps up the three-game season series between Montreal and Detroit as the Habs go for the sweep (the only team they have beaten twice). Montreal won 6-1 at home on Oct. 23 and 3-0 at home on Nov. 2. We’d imagine Jake Allen starts in net Friday considering he’s 2-0 against the Wings and has allowed one goal on 49 shots. Mathieu Perreault (3G), Tyler Toffoli (3A) and Nick Suzuki (1G, 2A) lead Montreal with three points each.

Dylan Larkin has the lone Detroit goal in the series. Alex Nedeljkovic is 0-1-1 with a 1.37 GAA and .956 SV and Thomas Greiss was shelled in his lone outing for five goals before being pulled.

The home team is 4-0 in the past four meetings. The over is 5-1 in the previous six in Detroit.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal has just four wins this season but perhaps its best one, considering the shape of the roster currently due to injury, was Thursday’s 4-2 home upset of Calgary as the Habs were twice down a goal. Brendan Gallagher tied it 2-2 with his third goal of the season at 11:24 of the second and Nick Suzuki (fourth of season) scored the eventual winner at 12:08 of the third. Both of those goals were on the power play. Jake Evans (third of season) added an empty-netter and Ben Chiarot (fourth) had the team’s first goal. Jake Allen stopped 24 of 26 shots. As we noted above, he should start Saturday in the front end of a back-to-back with his success vs. Detroit this year.

Among those out for Montreal: Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, Joel Edmundson, Mathieu Perreault and Cedric Paquette. The Canadians are 0-6 in their past six after allowing two goals or fewer in their previous game.

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 2-0 home loss to Washington on Thursday in the spectacular NHL debut of Caps goaltender Zach Fucale (originally drafted by the Canadiens in 2013). He was the first goaltender to shut out the Red Wings in his NHL debut in Detroit’s 95 seasons. Fucale’s defence certainly helped as he only faced 21 shots. Thomas Greiss was in net for the Wings, but it should be Alex Nedeljkovic for this one. He was roughed up in the season opener but has allowed three or fewer goals in seven outings since and is 3-2-2 with a 2.89 GAA and .914 SV.

Detroit has an early Calder Trophy favourite in 19-year-old Swede Lucas Raymond, who is second on the team with 14 points. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 draft. The Wings are 3-9 in their past 12 after allowing two goals or fewer in their previous game.

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