Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 23, 2022

The Dallas Stars will look to extend their lead atop the Central Division standings when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

December 23, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Center
Puckline +1.5 +100
Moneyline +266
Over / Under o +6


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Puckline -1.5 -121
Moneyline -323
Over / Under u +6


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The Montreal Canadiens have played overtime in their first two games of a long road trip and make their lone visit of the season to Dallas on Friday night. The Stars are huge favourites on the NHL odds.

Canadiens vs. Stars NHL Betting Odds

Because of the “bomb cyclone” hitting the United States on this holiday weekend, note that two NHL games on Friday have been postponed: Tampa Bay at Buffalo and Detroit at Ottawa. While it will be unusually cold in Dallas, too, this game is in no jeopardy.

Friday concludes the season series between the Canadiens and Stars as Dallas won 5-2 in Montreal on Oct. 22. Joe Pavelski was the obvious No. 1 star with a hat trick and an assist. That night he was 38 years, 103 days old and became the oldest player in Stars/North Stars franchise history to record a hat trick. He was the oldest player on any team with a three-goal game since former teammate Joe Thornton (39 years, 231 days) on Feb. 18, 2019. Jason Robertson added a goal and assist and Esa Lindell also scored for Dallas. Jamie Benn and Roope Hintz each had two assists. Jake Oettinger made 29 saves. Arber Xhekaj scored his first NHL goal and assisted Mike Hoffman‘s goal for Montreal. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 30 shots.

Dallas is 4-1 in the past five meetings. The total has gone over in the past four.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal is 1-1 on a season-high seven-game road trip after a 2-1 overtime loss in Colorado on Wednesday – getting a point in Denver is always worth celebrating. Anthony Richard’s first career NHL goal in his fourth game gave the Habs a 1-0 lead less than two minutes in, and it stood until 2:16 of the third. Mikko Rantanen won it at 1:51 of OT. Jake Allen stopped 34 shots in a tough-luck loss. The Canadiens were outshot 15-4 in the second period and 9-3 in the third. Blueliner Mike Matheson was out with a lower-body injury and will miss a while. Chris Wideman had one shot on goal over 16:39 of ice time in place of Matheson.

Dallas Stars

The Stars’ Jake Oettinger has been one of the league’s top goalies this season but wasn’t sharp on Wednesday in a 6-3 home loss to Edmonton. Warren Foegele broke a tie with 8:14 left as the Oilers scored three times in the third, including an empty-netter.

“We’re not a team that gives up six,” Stars forward Tyler Seguin said. “We’ve found offence this year, but we can’t lose what makes us so good, which is how we defend.”

Roope Hintz (14th of season), Wyatt Johnston (ninth) and Seguin (seventh) had the Dallas goals. Could be that backup Scott Wedgewood gets a turn here with Oettinger off a rare bad outing. Winger Denis Gurianov (2G, 3A) took an indefinite leave of absence before Wednesday’s game for family reasons. The Stars are 5-2 in their past seven following a home loss of at least three goals.

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