Wild at Canadiens 10/17/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/17/2019 at 2:43 AM ET

On Thursday, the Minnesota Wild continue their road trip north of the border with a visit to the Montreal Canadians. The Wild were defeated on Tuesday night 4-2 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Minnesota has lost 5 of its last 6 to start the season. The Wild led 1-0 after one period, but gave up four goals in the second to fall behind after two 4-1. Gerald Mayhew and Luke Kunin scored for the Wild and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves.

Montreal lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday 3-1. Carey Price gave up three goals in the first 10 shots he faced against the Lightning. Montreal made two big mistakes that Tampa Bay capitalized on - a long shift and a bad line change - that help Tampa Bay scored two goals. Jeff Petry scored Montreal’s only goal of the game.

Brad Hunt leads Minnesota in goals scored with two and points with four. Marcus Foligno is the leader in assists for Minnesota with three. Devan Dubnyk is 0-5-0 with goals against per game of 4.44 and saves percentage of .867. Minnesota is scoring an average of 2.33 goals per game, while allowing an average of 4.17 per game.

Max Domi leads Montreal in goals scored with three, while Jonathan Drouin leads in assists with four and Brendan Gallagher leads in points with six. Carey Price is 2-2-1 with goals against per game of 3.33 and save percentage of .896. Montreal is scoring an average of 3.50 goals per game while allowing 3.83 per game. 

Minnesota is off to a horrible start losing 5 of its first 6. The Wild has lost each of its last 4 when playing game 4 of a 4-in-6 situation and has lost 6 of its last 8 when playing on 1 day’s rest. The home team (Montreal) in this matchup has won 9 of the last 13 meetings between the two and the Canadians have won 6 of their last 8 at home. Final Score Prediction, Montreal Canadians win 5-2 

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