Montreal Canadiens vs. Minnesota Wild Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 1st 2022

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Following a successful first road trip of the season, which included a victory at Montreal, the Minnesota Wild will look to string together some wins at home.

The Wild can start while trying for a ninth consecutive home victory over the Canadiens, who will aim for a third straight road win, on Tuesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Minnesota overcame a one-goal, third-period deficit on Matt Boldy's second goal of the night, then won 4-3 at Chicago in a shootout on Sunday. That capped a 3-1-1 trip for the Wild, who have seen five of their nine games decided by a goal.

 

 


 

"This is an extremely special group here," Minnesota's Mason Shaw, who recorded a goal and assist for his first career points Sunday, told the NHL's official website.

"To cap off a great road trip. I'm glad I could be a part of it."

Now, the Wild play two games at home, where they opened with three straight losses before winning 4-3 over Vancouver in overtime on Oct. 20 before heading on the road. Based on history, it would seem Minnesota has a good chance to post back-to-back home wins.

The Wild have outscored the Canadiens 40-15 during an eight-game home winning streak, dating to an 8-1 loss there in March 2011. Boldy, who already has five goals and three assists on the season, had one of each during last season's 8-2 home victory over Montreal, which has lost four straight and 13 of its past 14 overall to Minnesota after falling 3-1 at home on Oct. 25.

However, since that loss to the Wild, the Canadiens scored 10 goals in back-to-back road victories at Buffalo and St. Louis. Christian Dvorak recorded his first NHL hat trick, while Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki combined for three goals and three assists during Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Blues. Montreal has won five of its first nine games this season.

The Canadiens also hope they've figured things out on the power play, which was 1-for-24 in the eight games before converting on two of three chances at St. Louis. One of Caufield's two goals came with the man-advantage, and he has a team-leading seven, plus 10 points, on the season.

"I know he's over there somewhere," Suzuki, who also has 10 points, told the Montreal Gazette, about Caufield. "He's always ready to shoot. His shot radius is pretty big for how big he is. Just get it over to his side."

Caufield scored Montreal's lone goal against the Wild last week, while teammate Jake Allen (3-3-0, 2.85 goals-against average) made 28 of 30 saves. Meanwhile, Minnesota's Joel Eriksson Ek scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots in that contest.

Beginning with that result, Fleury has a 1.95 goals-against average and .927 save percentage during his current three-start winning streak. Teammate Mats Zuccarello did not register a point against the Canadiens last week or Sunday at Chicago, but posted eight (four goals, four assists) of his team-leading 12 points in Minnesota's four home contests.

--Field Level Media

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Minnesota Wild Recap NOV 1TH 2022

Kirill Kaprizov scored twice, Matt Boldy had a goal with an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves, as the Minnesota Wild beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Tuesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Minnesota scored three times in the second period, with Kaprizov posting his seventh and eighth goals of the season, and Mason Shaw the second of his career. Boldy added an empty-netter as it improved to 2-3-0 at home on the young campaign.

Fleury, who turns 38 on Nov. 28, was solid most of the night, and particularly stout during the first period en route to his fourth straight winning start. He seemed headed for his 72nd career shutout until Montreal's Nick Suzuki scored on the power play with 6:30 remaining in regulation.

Jake Allen stopped 27 shots for Montreal, which is 2-1-0 on a four-game trip. The Canadiens have lost 14 of the last 15 against the Wild, and nine straight at Minnesota, which won 3-1 at Montreal on Oct. 25.

Montreal was the aggressor for most of the first period, and recorded 15 official shots on goal. However, Fleury saved each one, as the teams went into the first intermission without a goal.

However, it was Minnesota that got going early in the second period, scoring on its second shot just 1:09 into the frame. Allen made the save on Joel Eriksson Ek's shot, but the rebound was long enough for Shaw to pick up and convert his second goal in as many contests.

Nearly 2 1/2 minutes later, the Wild came through on the power play. Eriksson Ek started a play that concluded with Kaprizov deflecting in Boldy's drive for a 2-0 lead. Kaprizov struck again with 5:05 remaining in the second when he pushed in Marco Rossi's bouncer in front of Allen.

Kaprizov has six goals and 10 points during Minnesota's five home games.

Meanwhile, Suzuki, who went short-side to beat Fleury, has goals in back-to-back games, and five on the season for Montreal.

--Field Level Media

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