Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 18, 2022

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak when they head to Texas to face the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Montreal
22-49-9-2
AT
January 18, 2022, 8:30 PM ET
American Airlines Center
Dallas
46-30-4-2
Puckline +1.5 +125
Moneyline +305
Over / Under o +5.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

Puckline -1.5 -150
Moneyline -385
Over / Under u +5.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

The losses continue to pile up for the Montreal Canadiens as they now sit three points back of the Coyotes for last place in the NHL following a 5-2 loss in Arizona on Monday.  The Habs will try to right the ship in Dallas against a Stars team coming off back-to-back road losses, including a 3-1 defeat in Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Dallas is a -300 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Canadiens vs. Stars NHL Betting Odds

These teams have equally split the last 10 meetings, with the Over/Under also splitting evenly in those games.  The Stars have taken three of the last four games, although the teams haven’t faced off since February 2020.

Montreal has been bad overall this year, but they’ve been even worse on the road.  The Canadiens have won just two of 21 road games this season and they’re riding a nine-game losing streak outside of Quebec.  They’re 14-23 against the spread for the season, including 8-13 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in five of the Canadiens’ last seven games against Western Conference teams.

Dallas may be riding a seven-game road losing streak, but they’ve been better at home, winning five consecutive games in Texas.  They’re 16-19 ATS this year, with covers in 11 of 18 home games.  The total has gone Under in four of the Stars’ last six home games against Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens

It was a battle of the two teams at the bottom of the NHL standings in Arizona on Monday and the Canadiens walked away a little closer to securing the best draft lottery odds this year.  Montreal (2.08 goals-for per game) and Arizona (2.22 goals-for) combined for seven goals despite being the two lowest scoring teams in the league.  Rem Pitlick and Ryan Poehling tallied goals for the Habs.  Poehling’s goal was just the second power-play marker for Montreal over the team’s last 35 chances.  Cayden Primeau was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots.  Sam Montembeault stopped all six shots faced in relief.

Montreal has been dealing with significant injury issues this season.  Brendan Gallagher (lower body) and Tyler Toffoli (hand) will both miss this game.  Jake Allen is also out with a lower body injury and Carey Price will reportedly need to restart rehab on his knee following off-season surgery.  Paul Byron (hip) and Joel Edmundson (lower body) have both failed to play a single game this season.

Montembeault is expected to start against Dallas.  He was great in relief Monday, but has struggled overall this season.  Montembeault has a 1-6-3 record with a 3.78 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.

Dallas Stars

Dallas’ two-game Florida road trip went as bad as it could.  They were blown out by the Panthers on Friday before falling to the Lightning Saturday.  Esa Lindell‘s second goal of the season was the only puck that found the back of the net for the Stars in Tampa.  Anton Khudobin stopped 26 of 28 shots faced.  Joe Pavelski assisted Lindell’s goal and has been one of the bright spots in Dallas this year.  The 37-year-old leads the team in points (36) and is tied with Roope Hintz for the team lead in goals (15).  Jason Robertson is second on the team with 32 points (13G, 19A), but he was a late scratch on Saturday and is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.  Hintz has 27 points this season, including nine over his last eight games.

The Stars have used an unusual three-goalie system this season and with Braden Holtby in COVID protocols and Khudobin playing Saturday, Jake Oettinger will likely get the start against Montreal.  Oettinger has posted a 9-3-0 record this year with a 2.47 GAA and .915 SV.

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