The Habs are hoping their home opener will cure them of their early-season blues when they host the high-flying Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Montreal is seeking to snap a seven-game losing streak to Patrick Kane and Company.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Montreal Canadiens
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 PM ET
Location: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
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The Blackhawks have preyed on the Habs in recent years and have outscored them 26-12 in their last seven meetings. Chicago is averaging six goals scored per game through the first three contests and the over is a perfect 3-0 for the club so far this year.
Montreal, on the other hand, tickled the twine just three times in three games and is coming off a shutout loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. The under is 20-7-7 in the Canadiens’ last 34 games overall.
The two sides are a collective 0-3 as underdogs so far in the young season.
Chicago is on the heels of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. The Blackhawks started new backup goalie Anton Forsberg so that No. 1 netminder Corey Crawford would be fresh and available for tonight’s game.
The Hawks own the best goal differential in the NHL at +12 based largely on their 10-1 thumping of the defending Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener.
Brandon Saad is loving life back in Chicago. The former Blue Jacket is among the top goal scorers this season with four markers and owns a +6 plus/minus through three games.
Montreal’s offensive woes don’t stem from a lack of attempts on net. The Habs are among the league leaders in shots per game at 37.7 and they outshot their opponents in each of their last two contests.
The Canadiens were hoping the offence would get a boost this season after trading for former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin. The Habs have Drouin playing centre on a regular basis for the first time since his days with the Halifax Mooseheads. Montreal doesn’t have much depth down the middle but it might make sense sticking Drouin on the wing where he has more experience.
Blackhawks vs. Canadiens Prediction
Blackhawks 4, Canadiens 2