Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated Apr 16, 2024

For the second night in a row the Detroit Red Wings battle for their playoff lives versus the Montreal Canadiens. 

April 16, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Puckline -1.5 +120
Moneyline -210
Over / Under o +6
Puckline +1.5 -145
Moneyline +175
Over / Under u +6

Detroit played desperate hockey last night battling back from a 4-1 deficit to take the game to overtime and pick up a 5-4 win. The Wings are tied with the Washington Capitals with 89 points for the final wild spot, but the Caps currently hold the position because they have more regulation wins. Detroit needs to pick up at least a point tonight and need Washington to lose in Philadelphia. The Wings have not made the postseason in seven years. 

The final puck drop from Bell Centre this season is set for 7:00 PM EST and our NHL odds have the Wings as the -165 favourite on the Moneyline. The OVER/UNDER set at an even six goals. 

Red Wings vs. Canadiens NHL Betting Odds

This is the last game of the season for both teams and their fourth meeting of the season. Each of their three meetings has gone into extra time and Detroit has won two of those games. Both games that Detroit has won have hit the OVER, but being listed as the underdog the Canadiens have covered the spread in each game so far. 

For the Wings, Alex Debrincat has put up four points (2G, 2A) in the three meetings with Montreal, while Nick Suzuki (2G, 2A) and Mike Matheson (1G, 3A) have led the way for the Habs. 

Detroit’s offence has been potent over the past three games, scoring five goals in each outing and smashing the OVER in all of them. Their defensive numbers have been the complete opposite as of late, allowing at least four goals in six of their past 10 games. They have the highest goals-against average of any team fighting for a playoff spot giving up 3.32 goals per game, the ninth worst in the league. 

Montreal has been a spread-covering machine this season and they are continuing it through the last week of the season. Despite their current three-game slide, they have covered in each of their past four games boosting their record to a league-best 52-29. The OVER has been common for the Habs lately, posting a 6-2 record over their past eight games. 

Detroit Red Wings

It was absolute chaos Monday night in Detroit as the Wings battled back from down 4-1 over halfway through the game. After the Canadiens scored to make it 4-1, J.T. Compher (19) scored his second of the game just 33 seconds later to cut the lead to 4-2. Alex Debrincat (27) would pot another midway through the third making it 4-3, giving the Red Wings an opportunity with the net empty. With just over a minute to go in regulation after countless scoring chances, Lucas Raymond walked in front of the net from the goal line and scored glove side to knot the game at four a piece. 

Raymond was not done yet, potting his second of the night, 31st of the season with just 25 seconds left in overtime to keep Detroit’s playoff hopes alive. 

Alex Lyon has started nine of the Wings’ past 11 games posting a 2.94 goals-against average in that stretch. With Tuesday’s matchup being the second half of a back-to-back and factoring in the travel to Montreal, head coach Derek Lalonde has a big decision who he will start in goal; Lyon or veteran James Reimer?

Montreal Canadiens

Although the Canadiens were eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago, this hard-working team has been playing meaningful hockey in the last few weeks of the season. Guys are fighting for spots on next year’s team and an already young squad has injected more youth into the lineup for the last series of the year. 

Jake Evans, who will be a fringe for next year, put up a career-high three assists last night versus the Wings. Aging Brendan Gallagher scored a pair of goals for the second time in a week and Josh Anderson notched an assist for the first time since March 5th. 

Canadiens fans have been anticipating the debut of defensive prospect Lane Hutson for some time now and finally got to see him play in the Blue, Blanc et Rouge last night in Detroit. He showed his offensive prowess early on setting up Brendan Gallagher’s goal to open the scoring. Unfortunately, the Habs could not draw a powerplay, so fans did not get to see him quarterback the powerplay like they have been dreaming about. 

On Tuesday, the Canadiens will showcase another anticipated defenceman, recalling 2021 first-rounder Logan Mailloux from the AHL. The controversial defender will skate with the big squad for the first time after a great rookie campaign in Laval. 

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