Canadiens vs. Red Wings Prediction
The Red Wings will finally return home tonight after a lengthy road trip and in what should be a low-scoring game, Detroit will host the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Red Wings are -230 money line favorites versus the Canadiens, who have odds of +190 to pull off a big upset tonight. As for the over/under, the number currently sits at 5 goals.
The under has consistently hit when the Habs play on the road. The under is 21-7-6 in the Canadiens' last 34 games outside of Montreal and is also 28-12-15 in the team's last 55 games when playing the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation.
The under is also 3-1-1 in the Red Wings' last five home games and is 23-11-4 in their last 38 games when playing opponents from the Atlantic Division. These two teams tend to cash the under for bettors when they play each other as well, as the under is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings and 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings in Detroit.
Petr Mrazek allowed three goals on 18 shots in a relief appearance against the Lightning on Tuesday but that was an ugly game overall for most Wings players. Mrazek was also dealing with an illness, which is why he served as Jimmy Howard's understudy that night. Look for the 24-year-old to play lights out tonight.
THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: CANADIENS/RED WINGS UNDER 5