With Montreal battling Carolina and Columbus for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference – the Habs are currently on the outside looking in – the team can ill afford any loss the rest of the way, but especially at home to a bad team like on Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. They have the second-fewest points in the East and are 11-18-5 away from home.
Red Wings vs Canadiens Betting Analysis
The Canadiens look for the season sweep for the second straight year, outscoring the Wings a whopping 18-6, including victories of 8-1 and 7-3. Max Domi leads the Habs with seven points vs. Detroit (2G, 5A), while Jonathan Drouin (2G, 4A) and former Red Wing Tomas Tatar (2G, 4A) each have six. Antti Niemi started two of the three and allowed five combined goals. Carey Price the other and one goal got past him.
Andreas Athanasiou leads Detroit with four points (all goals) in the series, while Anthony Mantha has three points (1G, 2A). Jimmy Howard lost all three with a 6.85 goals-against average and .791 save percentage.
Detroit is 1-9 in its past 10 trips to Montreal. The total has gone over in six of the previous seven meetings overall.
Detroit Red Wings
The Wings have shut down top defenceman Mike Green for the season due to an illness that also caused Green to miss the start of the year. The Calgary native finished with five goals and 21 assists in 43 games. No. 1 centre Dylan Larkin hasn’t played since March 5 due to a neck strain but there’s a chance he could return Tuesday. Larkin is one of the rebuilding team’s key pieces going forward as the 22-year-old has 27 goals and 35 assists.
Detroit enters having lost two straight and 10 of 11. It was a 6-1 defeat at Florida on Sunday. Thomas Vanek had the lone Wings goal and is up to 14 on the season. Howard allowed all six goals and is 18-19-5 with a 3.02 GAA and .907 SV.
Montreal finished the California Swing at 1-2 following Friday’s 8-2 blowout loss in Anaheim on Friday. Price had one of the worst games of his career in allowing all eight goals – it was the first time the future Hall of Famer yielded that many since Feb. 9, 2011 against the Boston Bruins. Price remains tied with Jacques Plante for the most wins in franchise history with 314.
Tatar sat Friday due to the flu. He’s third on the team with 48 points and should be good to go Tuesday with plenty of time off. About the only bright spot vs. the Ducks was Shea Weber scoring a power-play goal, the Habs’ first with the man advantage since Feb. 23. Montreal brings a six-game winning streak on Tuesdays into this one.