Face-off: 1930 ET, 29/11/2021
Venue: Centre Bell
Montreal and Vancouver are both struggling this season and head into their Centre Bell showdown with very similar records.
The Canadiens are coming off a big win but still have a sorry 6-15-2 record, while the Canucks can only boast a marginally better percentage at 6-14-2.
It would be no surprise to see this develop into a scrappy contest and 4.0 for overtime to be needed is a value pick for our Montreal Canadiens vs Vancouver Canucks predictions.
That bet would have paid out in three of their last four head-to-head encounters!
Montreal Canadiens Odds
Montreal are second from bottom in the Eastern Atlantic division but did enjoy a welcome boost when beating in-form Pittsburgh 6-3 on Saturday.
Josh Anderson had two goals and an assist, while Christian Dvorak, Tyler Toffoli, Jonathan Drouin and Artturi Lehkonen also netted.
However, special praise goes to Jake Allen for a career-high 47 saves which helped the Habs lead 1-0 after two periods before a wild final stanza.
“Obviously, we’ve been down in the dumps a little bit as a group and not playing our best hockey,” admitted Allen.
“I just thought it was an important game to play well with a lot of effort and, most importantly, get the win.”
Having lost six of their seven previous games, though, the Canadiens have still opted for a leadership change.
General manager Marc Bergevin and two others have been moved on to make way for a fresh approach.
Owner Geoff Molson stated: “I think the time has come for a change that will bring a new vision and should allow our fans and partners to continue cheering for a championship team.”
Looking at the 1.87 for under 1.5 goals in the first period.
Vancouver Canucks Odds
Vancouver are on a four-match losing streak after being edged out 3-2 when visiting Boston and are bottom of the Western Pacific.
David Pastrnak netted at 16:36 in the third period to hand the Canucks a ninth defeat in 10 outings.
However, Conor Garland and Tanner Pearson struck for Vancouver and Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves in a brave performance.
“There was a lot of good effort,” said head coach Travis Green. “It was a heavy, hard-fought game. In the end, their top guys found a way to get it done.”
The Canucks had led 2-1 until 8:45 of the third in a display which did not lack energy or endeavour.
Both of these teams have conceded lots of late goals this term, so 2.3 for the final period to have most scores here completes our NHL predictions.
Pittsburgh 3-6 MONTREAL
Boston 3-2 VANCOUVER
Head-to-head: Montreal 5-4 Vancouver, Montreal 2-3 Vancouver, Vancouver 1-5 Montreal, Vancouver 2-1 Montreal
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