Montreal Canadiens vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 22, 2022

The Montreal Canadiens are in the Mile High City Saturday night to face the streaking Colorado Avalanche.

Montreal
22-49-9-2
AT
January 22, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
56-19-5-2
Puckline +1.5 +195
Moneyline +500
Over / Under o +6.5

10%

Betting Action

90%

Puckline -1.5 -235
Moneyline -635
Over / Under u +6.5

10%

Betting Action

90%

Two teams headed in completely opposite directions are set to meet on Saturday night as the Colorado Avalanche prepare to host the Montreal Canadiens.  The Avs extended their lead atop the Western Conference standings with a 4-1 win in L.A. on Thursday and have now picked up points in 11 straight games.  Montreal continues to sit dead last in the NHL following a 4-3 overtime loss in Vegas on Thursday.

Colorado is a heavy -505 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Canadiens vs. Avalanche NHL Betting Odds

This concludes the season series between these teams.  After not meeting for two full calendar years, the Avalanche won 4-1 in Montreal on Dec. 2.  Colorado is getting heavy support from Sports Interaction bettors, with about 92 per cent of action backing the Avs.  With a red-hot Avalanche offence, a little more than 60 per cent of bettors are taking the Over, although it’s worth noting the last five games between these teams actually went Under.

It’s been rough in Montreal this season.  The Habs have dropped seven of their last eight games overall and 10 of their last 11 on the road.  They’ve struggled to cover as well, going 16-23 against the spread overall and 10-13 ATS on the road.  The Canadiens have hit the Over in four of their last six games.

The Avalanche have been one of the best teams in the NHL over the last couple of months.  As noted above, Colorado has points in 11 consecutive games, with 10 outright wins, and they’re a dominant 16-2-1 at home this season.  They’re 19-19 ATS overall, with covers in 11 of 19 home tilts.  The total has gone Over in Colorado’s last five home games and seven of their last 10 overall.

Montreal Canadiens

Goaltender Sam Montembeault did his best to steal a win for Montreal on Thursday, but the Habs ultimately fell short.  Montembeault made a career-high 49 saves as Montreal was outshot 53-27.  The Canadiens have just eight wins on the year and have yet to post back-to-back wins.  Michael Pezzetta, Tyler Toffoli and Mike Hoffman found the back of the net against Vegas.  Nick Suzuki picked up an assist and leads the team with 22 points (7G, 15A) in 32 games.  Josh Anderson has a team-high eight goals.

Suzuki, Toffoli (7G, 13A) and Jonathan Drouin (6g, 14A) are the only players to have recorded at least 20 points this year.  Montreal is the lowest scoring team in the NHL, averaging 2.18 goals per game.  They also give up the most goals, averaging 3.67 goals-against per game.

With Jake Allen set to miss two months with a lower body injury, Montembeault is expected to get the start against Colorado.  Montembeault has already surpassed his previous career-high in games played and games started, posting a 2-6-4 record with a 3.73 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs extended their win streak to five games on Thursday, despite being outshot 41-27 against the Kings.  Mikko Rantanen, Kiefer Sherwood, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Devon Toews scored for Colorado, while Darcy Kuemper made 40 saves.  Rantanen has a team-best 21 goals and is sixth in league scoring with 48 points.  Nazem Kadri, who is having a career-year and sits fifth in NHL scoring with 51 points (15G, 26A), was held off the scoresheet in L.A.  Colorado is the highest scoring team in the NHL, with 4.18 goals per game, but they sit 20th in goals-against, giving up 3.05 per night.

The high scoring offence has seen Kadri, Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar all get voted into the All-Star game, while head coach Jared Bednar will be behind the bench.  It’s the first time three Avalanche players will play in the All-Star game since Joe Sakic, Rob Blake and Alex Tanguay in 2003-04.  MacKinnon, Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog all represented the team in 2018-19, but MacKinnon was hurt and did not play.

Kuemper should be back between the pipes against Montreal.  The former Coyotes goalie has an 18-5-1 record this season, with a 2.65 GAA and .912 SV.

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