Betting On The Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens are one of the NHL’s cornerstone franchises. They are also a popular sports betting option in Canada. We want to help you find the best odds on the Montreal Canadiens.  

Major US-based sportsbooks such as DratfKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers will be operating very soon in Canada. These are top-tier establishments in the sports betting industry. They will augment the provincial betting platforms that are already in place in Canada:

  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) – Proline+
  • Loto-Quebec – Mise-o-jeu+
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) – PlayNow
  • Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis (AGLC) – PlayAlberta
  • Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) – Proline Stadium

The Montreal Canadiens have won more Stanley Cup Championships (23) than any other team in the NHL. It’s been a long time since Montreal last hoisted the Stanley Cup, however, way back in 1993.  

Last year, the Canadiens nearly ended their championship drought. Montreal advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, but the Canadiens lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a five-game series. 

Things have not gone well so far during the 2021-22 NHL season. Montreal has a low standing in the Eastern Conference.   

The 3 Best Sportsbooks For Betting On The Montreal Canadiens 

You can bet on the Montreal Canadiens to win the 2023 Stanley Cup at DraftKings, BetMGM, and Caesars, among others. This type of wager is called a futures bet with the outcome, as the name suggests, taking place in the future. These odds are fluid and they can fluctuate wildly over the course of a season based on a team’s performance.    

Odds On Montreal Canadiens To Win Stanley Cup 

Unfortunately, the Canadiens have been eliminated from playoff contention. Therefore, no sportsbooks will take bets on them at this time.  As soon as the season ends, though, sportsbooks will open right back up offering futures for 2022-23. Montreal will certainly come in as large underdogs to win the Cup.

Where Can You Bet On The Montreal Canadiens In Canada? 

As mentioned above, there are provincial sports-betting platforms in operation in Canada, but we recommend blue-chip brands such as DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, PointsBet, BetMGM, and Caesars. You’ll find highly competitive odds and more betting options on the Montreal Canadiens.    

Montreal Canadiens Schedule 2021-22  

NHL teams play an 82-game schedule in a regular season that begins in October and ends in April. The Canadiens compete in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. They have long-standing rivalries with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and the Philadelphia Flyers. 

How Montreal Canadiens Odds Are Calculated 

Oddsmakers at the respective sportsbooks calculate odds on the Montreal Canadiens. They do so with the aim of trying to attract equal amounts of money on each side of the bet. This protects the sportsbook from having undue liability. In the NHL, starting goaltenders can be a critical factor in the calculation of odds. Jake Allen has started the majority of games as the goalie for Montreal this season. He appeared in 21 of the first 28 games, and only won five of those contests. Let’s take a look at a real-world example of the betting odds on the Chicago Blackhawks-Montreal Canadiens game on Dec. 9, 2021.  

Blackhawks-1.5 (+190)O 5.5 (-105)-139
Canadiens+1.5 (-235)U 5.5 (-118)+115

A $100 moneyline bet on Montreal would have resulted in $115 for a victory by the Canadiens. You also could have bet on Montreal +1.5 goals on the spread, but it would have cost you much more. It would have taken a $235 bet to win just $100. The total is the combined number of goals scored by each team. The game would have had to feature at least six goals for an OVER bet to have been declared a win. 

Chicago beat Montreal, 2-0, in what marked the 500th career victory for Blackhawks goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Goaltending is a very important factor. Chicago entered this game as the favorite, despite playing at Montreal. That was due, in part, to the starting goalies for each team in this game. Fleury shut the Canadiens out, and under bettors cashed their bets with the total finishing well below 5.5 goals. The Blackhawks covered the -1.5 spread and also cashed out on the moneyline. 

The spread, moneyline, and total represent the basics of sports betting. Let’s now talk about prop bets on individual players for the Montreal Canadiens.  

Prop Bets  

Betting NHL player prop bets is a great way to enhance your game-watching experience. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby are two of the NHL’s bonafide superstars. They were playing against each other on Dec. 10, 2021, and here are their player prop lines at DraftKings: 

PlayerFirst ScorerLast ScorerAnytime Scorer
Alex Ovechkin+650+650-120
Sidney Crosby+1200+1200+185

These represent three different prop bets for each player: first goal scorer, last goal scorer, and anytime goal scorer. A $100 bet on Crosby to open the scoring would equal $1,200 if Sid the Kid had sturck first. As an anytime goal scorer, Ovechkin bettors would have had to wager $120 to win $100. A $100 bet on Crosby would have returned $185 for that prop bet. These prop bets could have been made on Montreal Canadiens players, too.  

How To Bet On The Montreal Canadiens In Canada 

The easiest way to accomplish this is by first downloading the DraftKings app to your mobile device. Apple iPhone users will do this at the App Store, and Android users will turn to the Google Play Store. Once your download is complete, you will then have to register your new account. This is a simple process. You’ll provide some personal information including your name, email address, mailing address, password, and the last four digits of your social insurance number.    

With the account now open, you’ll want to make your initial deposit into the account. Remember to take advantage of welcome promotions. With the account now funded, you are ready to place your first bet on the Montreal Canadiens. Navigate through the app by clicking on the NHL link, and you’ll find odds for all of the games taking place that day. There will also be a link to NHL futures bets to see odds on the Canadiens chances to win the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference, and the Stanley Cup championship.    

Live Betting On The Montreal Canadiens in Canada

We recommend using one of the major sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel, or Bet Rivers for in-game wagering. You’ll find more competitive odds and betting options. Live bets are placed when a game is in progress. Technology allows oddsmakers to post new odds on a real-time basis. Live bets can be placed on the moneyline, spread, total, and more. Keep in mind that these betting markets can appear and disappear just as quickly depending on the volume and amounts of live bets coming in. You lock in your in-game wager odds at the time your bet is processed and confirmed. Odds can shift dramatically over the course of a game, but it’s akin to buying a stock offered at a certain price.  

How To Bet On The Stanley Cup Finals in Canada

Last year, the Montreal Canadiens did compete in the Stanley Cup Finals, but they won’t return this season. However, you can still bet on the Stanley Cup outcome even if the Canadiens aren’t in the playoffs. 

Montreal Canadiens Sportsbook Partnerships 

The Montreal Canadiens do not have an official sports gambling provider. The NHL announced in October 2021 that DraftKings will serve as its official sports betting, fantasy sports, and iGaming partner.  

Montreal Canadiens Home Arena – Bell Centre 

Bell Centre at 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, also known as the Centre Bell, is the home arena for the Montreal Canadiens. The arena’s seating capacity is 21,302 for Canadiens games. As of yet, there is no retail sportsbook at Bell Centre.

Montreal Canadiens Sports Betting FAQs 

How are Vegas betting odds on the Montreal Canadiens calculated?

Oddsmakers at each sportsbook calculate odds on the Montreal Canadiens. They set an opening line that aims to attract even money on both sides of the bet to avoid any liability for the sportsbook. Based on the volume and amounts of bets coming in, oddsmakers will adjust the odds accordingly.

Do Canada’s legal sportsbooks offer bets on the Canadiens?

Yes. Here is a list of them:

  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) – Proline+
  • Loto-Quebec – Mise-o-jeu+
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) – PlayNow
  • Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis (AGLC) – PlayAlberta
  • Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) – Proline Stadium

Pretty soon, major US-based sportsbooks will have apps available in the Canadian market, too.

How popular is betting on the Montreal Canadiens?

Very popular. The Montreal Canadiens are one of the most popular teams in the NHL and that makes them attractive at the proverbial betting window.

Where can I bet on the Stanley Cup Finals in Canada?

By the time the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals arrive in June, sports betting apps from several major sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, Bet MGM, PointsBet, and Caesars will be available to make betting on the Montreal Canadiens easier than ever before in Canada. 

Who has the best odds on the Montreal Canadiens?

This all depends on your bet and the game in question. There will be some variance in the market for betting on the Montreal Canadiens. That is why we recommend having accounts at multiple sportsbooks because this will ensure that you have access to the best odds (and value) for any wager that you make on the Montreal Canadiens. 

Does DraftKings offer odds on the Montreal Canadiens?

Yes. You will be able to bet on all of Montreal’s 82 regular-season games at DraftKings as soon as it launches (expected by mid-April).

About the Author

Kris Johnson

With more than 15 years of experience as a sports journalist, Kris Johnson’s work has appeared in Sports Business Daily, Sports Business Journal, NASCAR Illustrated, and more. Kris also wrote a sports-betting novel entitled, The Endgame.