We have your Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Los Angeles Kings hit the road to face the Montreal Canadiens.
The Los Angeles Kings (15-4-3) are set to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (11-11-3) in a thrilling NHL matchup. With the Kings on a historic road winning streak and the Canadiens looking to build on their recent victory, this game is poised to be a battle of resilience and strategy at the Bell Centre.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens Odds Info
Date: Thursday, Dec. 07
Time: 07:00 PM
Location: Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Los Angeles Kings Betting Trends
- This season, the Los Angeles Kings have hit 10 overs and 12 unders.
- On the road this season, the Los Angeles Kings have hit 4 overs and 6 unders.
- As the favorite this season, the Los Angeles Kings have hit 6 overs and 9 unders.
Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends
- This season, the Montreal Canadiens have hit 12 overs and 13 unders.
- At home this season, the Montreal Canadiens have hit 8 overs and 6 unders.
- As the underdog this season, the Montreal Canadiens have hit 11 overs and 11 unders.
Historic Head-to-Head Stats and Analysis
Over the last two seasons, the Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens have faced off three times, with the Kings emerging victorious in all encounters. These games span from December 2022 to November 2023. In terms of betting statistics, the Kings have covered the spread twice, while the Canadiens have done so once. Interestingly, all three games have trended towards lower scoring affairs, with the under hitting each time. The Kings have shown a consistent ability to outperform the Canadiens, both as favorites and underdogs, and regardless of the venue, with the home team winning twice and the visiting team once. The Kings’ goaltending has been particularly effective, with Pheonix Copley recording a shutout in the most recent game and maintaining a save percentage above .900 in two of the three games. The Canadiens have struggled to find the back of the net, scoring only four goals across the three games, while the Kings have tallied eleven. Faceoff win percentages, shots on goal, and penalty minutes have varied, but the Kings’ offensive prowess and defensive solidity have been the defining factors in their triumphant outcomes.
The most recent game, played on November 25, 2023, ended with a decisive 4-0 victory for the Los Angeles Kings over the Montreal Canadiens. The Kings dominated the game from the start, with Carl Grundstrom opening the scoring in the first period, followed by two goals from Trevor Moore and one from Trevor Lewis. The Canadiens were unable to respond, managing only 18 shots on goal compared to the Kings’ 30. The Kings’ defensive performance was equally impressive, with 15 blocked shots and a perfect save percentage from goaltender Pheonix Copley, who earned a shutout. Despite the Canadiens having a higher faceoff win percentage, they failed to capitalize on their opportunities, including two power plays. The Kings, on the other hand, displayed effective puck movement and finishing, with Pierre-Luc Dubois contributing two assists. This game further solidified the Kings’ recent dominance over the Canadiens, showcasing their ability to control the game both offensively and defensively.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens Predictions
The Los Angeles Kings are riding a wave of success on the road, boasting an undefeated record away from home that they’re eager to extend. With a recent comeback victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Kings have shown they can overcome adversity, rallying from a three-goal deficit to secure the win. Their offensive firepower is led by right winger Adrian Kempe, who tops the team with 23 points, and left winger Trevor Moore, who has netted 12 goals this season. The Kings’ ability to maintain puck possession and convert on scoring opportunities will be critical against the Canadiens.
Montreal, on the other hand, has had a season of ups and downs, but they come into this game with a boost from a win over the Seattle Kraken. Center Sean Monahan and captain Nick Suzuki have been key contributors, with Monahan leading the team in goals and Suzuki in points. The Canadiens will need to leverage their home-ice advantage and find a way to penetrate the Kings’ solid defense, which has been a cornerstone of their success on the road. Special teams could play a significant role, as Montreal looks to exploit any power-play chances they get.
Defensively, both teams have their stars, with the Kings’ Drew Doughty and the Canadiens’ David Savard among the stalwarts on the blue line. The goaltending matchup will also be one to watch, with the Kings’ Pheonix Copley coming off a shutout against Montreal in their last meeting, and the Canadiens’ Sam Montembeault looking to stymie the Kings’ scorers. This game could come down to a battle of wills, with both teams fighting for every inch of ice and looking to their leaders to make the difference-making plays.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick
The Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens have a history of trending towards lower-scoring games, with the under hitting in each of their last three encounters. This pattern is likely to continue given the Kings’ strong defensive play on the road and the Canadiens’ difficulty in scoring against them. The Kings’ goaltender Pheonix Copley has been particularly effective against Montreal, including a shutout in their most recent matchup. With the Kings’ defense allowing few goals and the Canadiens’ offense struggling to find consistency, the under seems like a solid pick for this game.
Additionally, the Kings’ recent games have seen a mix of overs and unders, but their road games have leaned more towards the under, with 6 unders in 10 road games. The Canadiens have also seen a nearly even split in overs and unders this season, but their recent victory and the potential for a tight, defensively focused game at home suggest that scoring could be at a premium. Considering these trends and the high stakes of maintaining a road winning streak for the Kings, a cautious, strategic game is anticipated, further supporting the under as the right pick for this matchup.
The Pick: Under 6.0 -103 (BetRivers)