NHL Predictions: December 12 Including Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens

CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 01: Montreal Canadiens Center Nick Suzuki (14) and Calgary Flames Center Elias Lindholm (28) take a face-off during the second period of an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens on December 1, 2022, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via NHL/Getty Images)

Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s featured game is the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Predictions: Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens

Dallas Stars vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Head-To-Head: Stars 0-0 Penguins

To kickstart the NHL predictions for tonight, Last Word brings Dallas vs Penguins. This game should be a highly entertaining contest. The Dallas Stars have scored a league-high 105 goals, and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins are not far behind with 100 goals scored. Pittsburgh enters the contest riding a five-game winning streak and is 8-1-1 in their last ten. Dallas has won their previous two games and is 5-2-3 in their last ten. Defenceman Kris Letang returned to game action in the Penguins’ previous game shortly after the Penguins announced he had suffered a stroke. Crosby has a three-point night against the Sabres and leads the Pens with 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points in 27 games. Jason Robertson, whose lengthy point streak snapped against the Toronto Maple Leafs, picked up an assist as Dallas notched a 3-2 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Pittsburgh continues its hot play running its winning streak up to six games.

Prediction: Penguins win 4-2

New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers

Head-To-Head: Devils 0-0 Rangers

Divisional rivals New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers face off in a cross-state matchup. This is the first matchup of the season between the longtime rivals. The Devils are coming off a 6-4 loss to the New York Islanders, in which Jack Hughes broke an NHL record for the longest shift, staying on the ice for the final 6:02 of the game as New Jersey made a push to tie the game. The loss brings New Jersey’s record to 21-5-1, holding a seven-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins. On the other hand, the Rangers are on a three-game winning streak as they most recently topped the defending champs Colorado Avalanche in a shootout for the second time this season.

The Rangers hand the Devils their seventh loss of the season as the Blueshirts continue to refine their game.

Prediction: Rangers win 5-3

Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens

Head-To-Head: Flames 0-0 Canadiens

Our NHL predictions featured game of tonight is Calgary vs Montreal. The Flames head to Montreal to continue their three-game Eastern Conference road trip in our feature game of the night. Calgary lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night as the nation watched Mitch Marner end the game on an overtime powerplay. They’ve also dropped both games on the current road trip and look to get back on track against the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal also played last Saturday night, taking a 4-2 loss against the Los Angeles Kings. With both teams looking hungry to get back into the win column, this will be a highly entertaining contest.

Montreal took the first season contest, winning 2-1 back on December 1st. Cole Caulfield scored a powerplay marker late in the third period to give the Canadiens the win. Elias Lindholm scored the lone goal for the Flames in the contest. Jake Allens played in goal, putting on an impressive performance with 45 saves on 46 shots. Jacob Markstrom was not as busy, surrendering two goals on 19 shots. Tonight both teams are expected to go with the same goaltenders again, so expect Calgary to be extra motivated to beat Allen early and often after his stellar play in their last matchup.

Calgary picks up the lone win on their Eastern trip as Toffoli comes up big against his former team.

Prediction: Flames win 5-2

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