NHL Odds, Analysis, and Picks – Montreal at Minnesota December 11, 2018

by James Sullivan
on December 11, 2018

A full slate of Tuesday night games is on the docket for December 11th, and as the Christmas Break looms in the distance, it is time for some teams to pile up as many points as they can.

The matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild is an intriguing one for bettors, as both teams seem to be playing at a different pace than their early-season potential. Let’s break this game down.

Montreal vs Minnesota Live Odds

The following odds are courtesy of Live Odds feed:

Why Montreal Will Win the Game

The Habs have been on a bit of a roller coaster lately, but they seem to have found the winning ways again in recent games. Of course, the key to Montreal’s success starts with their all-star goalie Carey Price. He has had an inconsistent season, to say the least, but he does seem to be playing very well on the road.

While it is unsure if Price will play in this game, it would make sense for the team to ride the hot goalie.

AS for the rest of the team, it is the new additions that are paying dividends in the first half of the season for Montreal. Max Domi (14 Goals, 17 Assists) and Tomas Tatar (12 G, 12 A) are both pleasant surprises as newcomers to the team, and each seems to be on pace for career years with the Habs.

The team will need to find a way to score against a typically stingy Minnesota team if they are going to win this matchup.

Why Minnesota Will Win the Game

The Wild are coming off a disastrous performance in a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers. Both Minnesota goalies were bad in this one, but starter Devan Dubnyk gave up three goals on 9 shots before being pulled. The team will need to get back to its defensive ways with the frisky Habs coming to town.

Scoring in Minnesota seems to have been a collective effort over the years, with no one player flying ahead of any other. The team is led by some veteran presence (Mikko Koivu and Eric Stall) who need to continue to drink from the fountain of youth to be effective against a fast Montreal team.

The Wild also needs to get some secondary scoring from their defensemen like Jared Spurgeon and Matt Dumba if they plan on leaving their home rink with a win.

Who We Think You Should Bet On

When it comes to matchups like this, the history dictates that bettors should be looking at a low scoring affair. Now, in this case, both teams have had their struggles in nets which could have an effect on the line (the total is currently set at 6.0 goals).

Minnesota is being given the edge here by 1.5 goals (the standard in a league where teams can score on an empty net.

We think the tea leaves are lining up better for the Habs, and while it will indeed be a low-scoring game, the Habs team speed will win out the day (or at least lose in OT).

Our picks: Take Montreal +1.5 and Under 6.0 goals
Pick: Montreal +1.5
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