One of the nine NHL games slated tonight will feature the Montreal Canadiens heading to Seattle to take on the Kraken. We’ll get into my moneyline play along with a big plus-money player prop that could be worth a half-unit play.
The Seattle Kraken are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now, going 7-2-1 over their last 10 games to bring their total record to 15-6-3. Offensively this team has been buzzing all season as they are fifth in the NHL in goals and first in shooting percentage. Over their last five games, they have scored a combined 21 goals, and tonight they will face off with a Canadiens team ranked 27th in goals allowed and 25th in blocked shots.
I was able to find the Kraken at -227 but anything up to -250 I think they are worth a play in this one. Seattle has covered their last four games as favorites and has a big advantage tonight against Montreal. The Canadiens have lost their last two games as underdogs and allowed a combined 12 goals in those games.
If Jake Allen gets the start in goal tonight for the Canadiens he’ll be entering with a .884 save percentage and fresh off allowing five goals in the last game he played on December 3rd. Andre Burakovsky, who is averaging 1.2 points per game over the last 10 games, has this Kraken offense playing at a high level and makes them a tough team for the Canadiens to face when trying to turn it around defensively.
I think there is a chance we see Martin Jones in goal for the Kraken and despite some struggles in his last four starts the Kraken have walked away with wins in all four of those games. Overall I think Seattle has the offensive momentum to get the win tonight as big favorites.
Right now on Draftkings Sportsbook Shane Wright is (+320) to score a goal at anytime and I think this a good spot to make a half unit or less play on this. The season got off to a rocky start for Wright, only playing in seven games while being healthy scratched in the rest, but after a dominant stint in the AHL, he’s back up and will be playing tonight.
All the reports are saying Wright now restored confidence after getting consistent ice time and scoring four goals in his first three games down there. Not only does Wright have a renewed feeling but he’ll be playing tonight against the team everyone thought was going to draft him first overall in the recent NHL draft.
After all the early season commotion I think this is the perfect spot for Wright to bury his first NHL goal. The Canadiens have allowed 12 goals in their past two games and I feel there has to be a bit of motivation for Wright not only to prove he belongs but to stick it to the team that didn’t take him number one.