Anaheim Ducks vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Feb 05, 2020

Nick Suzuki, Canadiens, 2020

Rookie Nick Suzuki has been on fire for the Canadiens with six points in his last five games. The Habs are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Anaheim
29-33-8-1
AT
February 06, 2020, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
31-31-8-1
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +131
Over / Under o +5.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

Puckline -1.5 +155
Moneyline -158
Over / Under u +5.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

The Montreal Canadiens are coming off an absolutely crucial 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils to climb within eight points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings. With time running out to make a serious push, the Habs need to capitalize on every opportunity they can to secure two points. Montreal will get another excellent chance to earn a key victory when it hosts the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. While the Ducks have been pretty bad this season, they’re playing some of their best hockey right now. They’ll enter the game with wins in five of their last seven, so we’ll see if they can pull a surprise here.

Ducks vs. Canadiens Betting Analysis

Anaheim is just 10-16-2 on the road so far this season. Despite their overall struggles the Ducks are still an impressive 5-2 in their last seven games overall. However, Anaheim is just 9-13 against Eastern Conference opponents this season and 8-13 against teams with a losing record.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens are 5-1 in their last six games when playing on one day of rest. Montreal is 7-2 in its last nine games against Pacific division opponents. The one area where the Canadiens need to be better is on home ice. Montreal is just 5-15 in its last 20 home games. In order to have any shot at competing for a playoff spot, the Canadiens need to do better at the Bell Centre for the remainder of the season.

Anaheim Ducks

The big question about Anaheim is whether their hot streak has to do more with its improved play of late or more with its relatively mediocre recent schedule. The Ducks have won five of their last seven overall but only one of those victories was against a team currently in a playoff spot. Ondrej Kase and Rickard Rackell have really picked up the pace with eight points combined over their last four games.

John Gibson hasn’t been great but he tends to shine in the team’s wins. He has a save percentage of .926 or higher in each of his last three wins. He has a save percentage of .879 or worse in each of his last four losses, though. The key seems to be the two-goal mark. The team has won three straight when he’s allowed two goals or less. They’ve lost six of his last seven when he’s allowed three or more.

Montreal Canadiens

As good as the Ducks have played lately, Montreal is the better team and needs to prove it on Thursday night. The Canadiens can’t afford to give up any more points in the Eastern Conference playoff race. That could be a challenge as goaltender Carey Price is questionable for Thursday’s game, which is why we don’t have a line on the board. Price has been lights out of late with a 1.77 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage over the last two weeks.

Meanwhile, rookie Nick Suzuki has been on fire with six points in his last five games. Tomas Tatar has picked it up with seven points in his last five games, while Joel Armia has five points over that span. The Canadiens don’t have any superstar scorers, but they are deep up front. As long as they come out with the level of desperation they need to show, Montreal should be able to clinch an important two points on Thursday night.

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