Montreal vs Chicago: prediction for the NHL fixture
Montrealcontinue to deliver extremely poor results. Their losing streak has again reached four games, and most of the defeats were suffered in regulation. The Canadiens only managed to snatch a point from Nashville (3:4 OT).
The Canadiens were a weaker side in the games against Colorado (1:4), Tampa (2: 3), and Vancouver (1:2). The main reason for such poor performance is Montreal's inability to create enough scoring chances.
Chicago had a decent series of three away games, where they suffered one defeat to the Rangers (2:3). In the other two matches, the Blackhawks prevailed over Washington (4:3 SO) and the Islanders (3:2 SO). DeBrincat and Jones had an excellent game against the Capitals, both forwards scored a goal and gave an assist.
Back at home, the Blackhawks once again lost to the Rangers (2:6). Chicago's goalie Fleury was not as reliable as he usually is, he only saved 82% of the shots on goal.
In 3 out of 5 head-to-head games, the teams failed to score in each period.
In 3 out of 4 head-to-head games, Chicago scored first.
Given that Montreal is in a downturn, Chicago can snatch a win here. The Blackhawks have been confident in recent away games, and they won 7 head-to-head games in Montreal in a row.
Our prediction - handicap (0) to Chicago
Both teams often struggle to create in attack, and they scored more than five goals in one out of seven previous head-to-head games.
Second wager - total under 5.5 goals