The Montreal Canadiens have had a poor season so far and are placed last in the Eastern Conference Atlantic with 56 points. They are coming with a loss into the game and will look to improve to get win this game to keep their chances of a top-four finish alive.
The Ducks , too, have had a poor season and are last in the Western Conference Atlantic Division with 48 points. Coming into this one with a single loss in their past four games, they will look to perform similarly and get something from the encounter.
Canadiens vs. Ducks Odds
Canadiens vs. Ducks Match Details
Fixture: Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks
Date & Time: Friday, March 3, 2023, 10 pm EDT
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Montreal vs. Anaheim NHL Key Stats
The Canadiens have a poor offensive setup and have scored only 162 goals in 62 games this season. The team’s dependency on the duo of Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield has been immense, and an injury to Caufield puts them in big trouble. Suzuki, who has a point per game in his last five, will have to work a lot to provide goals for his team in the upcoming challenge.
Moreover, their defense has conceded over 3.6 goals per game on average this season. With other goaltenders failing to perform, the team can start Jake Allen, who has two wins in the last four games at a save percentage of 0.910.
In comparison, the Ducks have scored only 155 goals in 62 games this season. Trevor Zegras and Adam Henrique have contributed 39 goals and over 45 assists between them. Additionally, Mason McTavish and Troy Terry have done well in the last few games, with a point in each start. As Henrique is injured, these two have to support Zegras to bring the best offensive effort in the next game.
Their defense has conceded more than four goals per game this season. Though if we see the last four games, they have allowed around two goals per game on average, with goaltenders contributing positively. Especially John Gibson, who has two wins and an OT loss in his last three starts, has conceded only two goals on average at a save percentage of 0.940.
Canadiens vs. Ducks Betting Prediction
The matchup is between the two of the lowest-ranked teams, and minor details will decide the result. The Canadiens did well in the last few games but are inconsistent on the road, with three wins and three losses in starts. They have also struggled to do well against teams with a losing record, which is a negative for them in this tie.
On the other hand, the Ducks are 6-2 in their last eight against a team with a losing record. They have scored more than three goals per game on average in the previous four encounters. Moreover, they have been solid on the home Ice against the Canadiens, having won all the last six meetings. The home team has dominated the scene with 12 wins in the past 13 encounters between the two, which gives the Ducks another advantage in this game.
Thus with all the factors accounted for, the Ducks have a better team and are favorites to win this one.