Colorado Avalanche vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 02, 2021

The Montreal Canadiens catch a bit of a break Thursday when they host Colorado as the Avalanche will be playing their second game in 24 hours.

Colorado
30-8-3
AT
December 02, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
8-26-7
Puckline -1.5 +118
Moneyline -207
Over / Under o +6.5

87%

Betting Action

13%

Puckline +1.5 -142
Moneyline +172
Over / Under u +6.5

87%

Betting Action

13%

They are still -184 favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 6.0 goals.

Avalanche vs. Canadiens Dec. 2 NHL Betting Odds

Thursday is the first of two meetings between the teams with Montreal heading to Denver on Jan. 22. They didn’t play last season. In 2019-20, they played just once (the game in Colorado was wiped out by the COVID shutdown) and the Avalanche won 3-2 at Bell Centre. Pavel Francouz made 39 saves for Colorado but has yet to play this season due to injury. That was the NHL debut of Canadiens goaltender Cayden Primeau.

Colorado has dealt with some major injures and also some COVID issues so far this season, which helps explain the moderately disappointing record, but the Avalanche remain +683 favourites to win the Stanley Cup. They were favoured entering the 2021 playoffs as well and would have had home-ice advantage throughout but were upset by Vegas in the second round.

The home team is 7-1 in the past eight meetings. The under is 4-0 in the previous four.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche had to scratch No. 1 goaltender Darcy Kuemper not long before Wednesday’s game in Toronto and Jonas Johansson clearly didn’t look ready to go as he was shelled for eight goals in a blowout loss. The Avs didn’t pull him because they had just recalled Justus Annunen from the AHL, and it’s presumed he will start this game. Annunen was named the AHL Goaltender of the Month for November while playing for the Colorado Eagles, going 5-1-2 with a 1.83 goals-against average and a .937 save per centage. Two bright spots from Wednesday’s loss were two goals from ex-Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri and the return from injury of All-Star forward Nathan MacKinnon. He had two assists. Colorado is 6-0 in its past six in the second of a back-to-back.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal was a rare favourite at home Monday in facing a Canucks team in the second of a back-to-back, but Vancouver won 2-1. Conor Garland scored the winner at 6:27 of the second. Ryan Poehling had the lone Canadiens goal, his fourth of the season. He has been much more aggressive of late. “I’m just playing fast,” said Poehling. “That (goal) was a good example … that quick turnover and I just beat the guy up the ice. If you don’t do that, you don’t get the goal.” Jake Allen was a tough-luck loser in stopping 40 shots and is 5-10-1 with a 2.96 GAA and .907 SV. He should be back in there Thursday. Defenceman Brett Kulak and Chris Wideman have both missed multiple games but could return Thursday. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their past seven at home.

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