How to bet on Habs games
Canadiens fans will not have a hard time figuring out how NHL odds work. It’s mostly a matter of placing one of the following basic sports bets.
- Moneyline bet: Here, you pick the outright winner of a game. Bets are booked at currently posted odds. Favorites show negative (-) odds representing how much you must bet to win $100. Underdogs show positive (+) odds representing how much you stand to win for every $100 you bet.
- Puck line bet: This is NHL Spread betting, where you pick a winner with the puck line factored into the game’s final score. Odds will vary, but standard puck lines sit at 1.5 goals. Alternatives are available at different odds.
- Totals (Over/Under) bet: This is a bet on the total combined score for a game. You bet on the over or under result compared to the line set by the sportsbook.
- Props: These are usually bets on certain teams or players reaching specific stat lines in a game.
- Parlays: This is where you can combine two or more basic NHL bets into one. The potential payout will be bigger but every bet must win.
- Team futures: Here’s where you can bet on the Canadiens and other teams to win more or less than a certain number of games throughout the season. You can also bet on teams to win a division, a Stanley Cup semifinal, or win the Stanley Cup. Futures markets open all year long, but odds change throughout.
- Player futures: Bet on Carey Price to win the Vezina or to win the Hart Trophy, or bet on players to match certain seasonal targets (goals, assists, etc)
- Live betting: Here’s where you can bet on live games at odds that are changing with the on-ice action.
Canadiens Vegas odds vs. online odds
Most of the Habs lines you’ll find at Las Vegas sportsbooks and provincially licensed online sportsbooks in Canada will be the same. However, you may find some slight differences in Habs odds. These can almost always be attributed to betting.
A sportsbook might move a line if more money is bet on one side. However, only the sportsbook where that money is bet will make the change. Local interest can drive increased betting, which means there’s a greater chance a Canadiens line will move at a provincially licensed online and mobile sportsbooks in Canada, where the Habs play, than a traditional Vegas sportsbook.
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#1 Habs betting tip
If you’re going to bet on the Canadiens, you should first understand the #1 Canadiens betting secret:
- History doesn’t mean much
The Habs were the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup and they have the most Stanley Cup wins in NHL history. However, Montreal’s last Stanley Cup win was in 1993, almost 30 seasons ago. The club hasn’t been to the finals since.
That should tell you that betting on the Habs to win it all, or even come close, is perhaps ill-advised. What happened 30 years ago has little to no bearing on the NHL today.
Go ahead and bet on the Habs to win a game here and there. Just avoid getting sucked in by the long odds available on Montreal to win it all.
Canadiens top prospects
Here’s a look at the past five first-round draft picks by the Montreal Canadiens:
- 2021 31st overall Logan Mailloux from SK Lejon (Hockeyettan)
- 2020 16th overall Kaiden Guhle from Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
- 2019 15th overall Cole Caufield from US National Development Team (USHL)
- 2018 3rd overall Jesperi Kotkaniemi from Assat Pori (SM-liiga) has played 140 games with 20 goals and 36 assists
- 2017 17th overall Ryan Poehling from St. Cloud State (NCHC) has played 28 games with four goals and one assist
Canadiens franchise leaders
Here’s a look at the Montreal Canadiens career leaders in various statistical categories:
- Games played: Henri Richard 1,258
- Goals: Maurice Richard 544
- Assists: Guy Lafleur 728
- Points: Guy Lafleur 1,246
- Penalty minutes: Chris Nilan 2,248
- Plus/Minus: Larry Robinson +692
- Hat tricks: Maurice Richard 26
- Save percentage: Ken Dryden .922
- Goals against average: Georg Hainsworth 1.78
- Saves: Carey Price 19,174
Canadiens coaching staff
Here’s a look at the Montreal Canadiens’ 2020-21 coaching staff:
- Head coach: Dominique Ducharme
- Assistant coach: Luke Richardson
- Assistant coach: Alex Burrows
- Assistant coach: Trevor Letowski
- Goaltending coach: Eric Raymond
- Video coach: Mario Leblanc
Past Canadiens coaches
Here’s at the Montreal Canadiens head coaches and their records over the past decade:
- Dominique Ducharme (2021-present) 15-16-0 regular season; 13-9 playoffs
- Claude Julien (2017–2021) 129-113-35 regular season; 7-9 playoffs
- Michel Therrien (2012–2017) 194-121-37 regular season; 17-17 playoffs
- Randy Cunneyworth (2011–2012) 18-23-9 regular season; no playoffs
Canadiens logo & mascot
The C and H lettering in the Montreal Canadiens long-standing logo represents the team’s official French-language name: Le club de Hockey Canadien. It is one of hockey’s most recognizable logos and has been around, in one form or another, since 1917. The current Canadiens logo style has been in use since 1952, but it’s not much different from the 1917 logo.
Youppi! is the former Montreal Expos MLB team mascot and current Montreal Canadiens mascot. Youppi! has been the hockey team’s official mascot since 2005. Youppi! is the first mascot to ever switch between sports leagues. He is a man-created furry orange creature with a white face but could pass for a caricature of former NHL great Lanny McDonald.
Montreal Canadiens home games