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Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders Prediction & Betting Tips 12/16/2023

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Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders 12/16/2023:
  • We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+115)
  • The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
  • Our NHL model projects 7 goals, and we suggest taking the under

Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders Preview

The Islanders and Canadiens are set to face off at 7:00 ET on MSGS. The Canadiens will host the game at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.

The Islanders are the favorites in this Eastern conference matchup against Canadiens. The over/under for the game is set at 6 goals. Check out BetCoco for Montreal Canadiens – New York Islanders odds

Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders Head-to-Head and Key Stats

The last three times that the Islanders have faced off vs. the Canadiens as the favorite, they have gone 2-1. When looking back over the last ten head to head meetings between the Canadiens and Islanders, the Canadiens hold the edge with an puck line record of 7-3.

  • The Islanders are 3-0 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
  • Across the Canadiens last ten home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 6-4, while going 5-5 straight-up.
  • Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Montreal has an puck line mark of 4-1 while going 2-3 straight up.
  • Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Islanders have a good straight up record, but their puck line mark is just 1-4.

Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders Prediction

Coming into their game vs. Montreal, the Islanders are 14-7-8. They are 8-2-3 when favored and 6-5-5 as the underdog. For away games this season, they have a 6-4-2 record, while they are 8-3-6 when playing at home.

The Islanders come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 18th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 17th in the league. This season, the Islanders are 4-2 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 10-5 record.

Entering the game, goalie Semyon Varlamov has started 10 games this season. His current record stands at 6-3, and his save percentage is 0.544%.

Going into the game against New York, the Canadiens hold a 12-14-4 record. They have a 3-0-0 record when favored and 9-13-4 as underdogs. On the road this season, they have a 6-4-2 record, while they are 6-9-2 in their games at home.

The Canadiens come into the game scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game, putting them 28th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 24th in the league. Coming into the game, the Canadiens have 2-2 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 10-11.

Goalie Sam Montembeault comes into the game having made 12 starts this season. So far, his record is 6-4 and he has a save percentage of 0.644%.

In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Canadiens winning this one 4-3.

Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders Betting Tips

  • We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+115)
  • The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
  • Our NHL model projects 7 goals, and we suggest taking the under

Montreal Canadiens Injury Report

  • Carey Price – Knee – Out
  • Tanner Pearson – Upper Body – Out
  • Chris Wideman – Back – Out
  • Jordan Harris – Lower Body – Out
  • Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Lower Body – Out
  • Kirby Dach – Knee – Out
  • Alex Newhook – Ankle – Out

New York Islanders Injury Report

  • Matt Martin – Upper Body – Out
  • Adam Pelech – Upper Body – Out
  • Scott Mayfield – Upper Body – Out
  • Ryan Pulock – Lower Body – Out

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