Gary A. Vazquez, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Jimmy Howard
Betting odds: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens
- Red Wings moneyline: +144
- Canadiens moneyline: -160
- Over/Under: 5.5
- Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. ET
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The Detroit Red Wings are winless and they were last seen getting their doors blown off by the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. The Canadiens, meanwhile, are off to a decent start and are coming off an overtime win over Pittsburgh this weekend.
So far, the Canadiens pass the sniff test. They currently boast a 56.3 Corsi For% (which accounts for shot attempts for and against at even strength) and average 2.45 expected goals for per 60 minutes (xGF/60) against 2.03 xGA/60. The Habs haven’t been buoyed by an easy schedule, either, as they have played Toronto, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh twice to start the season.
The slow start from Detroit also looks appropriate when you look under the hood. The Red Wings have a 46.85 CF% and have allowed 14.45 High-Danger Scoring Chances per 60 minutes at 5v5.
The Wings also have played a tough schedule out of the gate, but their results leave a lot to be desired, especially in their last two games when they were outscored 13-5.