Free NHL Hockey Predictions Tonight 1/14/16
Chicago Blackhaws vs Montreal Canadiens
7:30 PM ET, Thursday, January 14, 2016
Money Line Odds: Chicago -114 / Montreal +103
NHL Starting Goalies Tonight 1/14/16
- Chicago Blackhawks -> Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford stopped 41 of 43 shots in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Predators. The 31-year-old has won six consecutive starts. He has a 24-10-2 record with a 2.20 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage.
Crawford is 3-0-2 with a 1.38 GAA in his career against his hometown team, and the Blackhawks have won the last three meetings with Montreal.
- Montreal Canadiens -> Mike Condon
Mike Condon made 29 saves on 31 shots in the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night. Condon has performed pretty well of late, posting a .923 SV% or better in four consecutive contests.
The Montreal native has won his last five starts with a 1.58 goals-against average.
Chicago Blackhawks Preview
The Blackhawks have scored three or more goals in each game of the winning streak, now ranking 7th overall in scoring, potting 2.8 goals per game, while they have converted on 22.2% of their power play chances,ranking 4th.
On defense they have been stellar as well, mainly due to Crawford, allowing just 2.13 goals per game during the win streak, to improve to 7th in goals allowed,allowing just 2.4 goals per game, while their penalty kill has remained solid at 81.6%, which is 11th.
Chicago is beginning a stretch of playing nine of 11 on the road, with one of the rare home games coming Sunday against the Canadiens.
Montreal Canadiens Preview
The Canadiens have dealt with a bit of a distraction this week after Alex Galchenyuk’s girlfriend was arrested early Sunday morning for a domestic violence-related incident involving Galchenyuk, who chose not to file a complaint.
The Canadiens rankt 9th overall in scoring, putting up 2.8 goals per game, while converting on 18.1% of their power play chances, which ranks 17th in the league.
On defense the Habs rank 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.5 goals per game, while allowing teams to convert on just 15.5% of their power play chances, which is 6th.
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