Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated Oct 23, 2021

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Detroit
12-9-3
AT
October 23, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
6-17-2
Puckline +1.5 -176
Moneyline +147
Over / Under o +5.5

57%

Betting Action

43%

Puckline -1.5 +147
Moneyline -177
Over / Under u +5.5

57%

Betting Action

43%

The Detroit Red Wings will travel North of the border for the first time in 20 months to visit their original six rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.

Detroit was shut out on Thursday night by Calgary, while the Habs lost 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Canadiens are -174 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5.

Red Wings vs. Canadiens NHL Betting Odds

The public is split on this game with 53 percent of bets landing on Detroit. The Red Wings are riding a four-game win streak over the Habs dating all the way back to 2019.

All of Montreal’s games have played the under this year and Detroit has played under in its past three. Despite both teams being shut out once already this year, 65 percent of bettors are going with the over tonight.

The starting goalies tonight are likely Jake Allen for Montreal and Thomas Greiss for Detroit. Allen has been the Canadiens’ best player even though his numbers are not pretty. Greiss has started half of the Red Wings so far and is 2-0 with a .969 save percentage and a 1.00 goal against average.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings play their first game of the year in Canada tonight which means they will have to leave forward Tyler Bertuzzi at home in Detroit. Bertuzzi, the Wings leading scorer, is one of four NHL players who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine and therefore will not be able to enter Canada until they do.

Most of the excitement around this Wings squad is because of the youth they brought in this season. Defenceman Moritz Seider already has three assists and winger Lucas Raymond scored a goal and added a pair of assists in their first four games in the NHL.

Montreal Canadiens

There hasn’t been much positive to write about since the puck dropped on opening night for the Habs. The powerplay has one goal on 19 opportunities, their penalty kill is running at 55 percent, and they are averaging less than a goal per game. The numbers only tell half the story here. The good ol’ eye test will tell you that this team has no confidence, no desperation and is in need of a real spark to turn this campaign around.

Tyler Toffoli got the monkey off his back last game, notching a power-play goal for his first of the year. Toffoli lead the team in points (44) and goals (28) last year playing alongside Nick Suzuki. Both guys need to pick it up – and fast.

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