The Avalanche are hoping a return to home ice can rejuvenate the magic they enjoyed in the middle part of January when they won 10 consecutive games. The Habs are going nowhere in the Eastern Conference but would like nothing better than to add a little misery to their former provincial rivals.
Canadiens vs. Avalanche Betting Analysis
The Canadiens lost 3-2 in a shootout at home to the Nashville Predators despite outshooting them 49-32. The setback drops Montreal to 22-33 straight up and to 14th place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Habs are the second-worst bet in the NHL this season. A loyal supporter would be down $1393 if he/she had backed the club to win each of its games on the campaign.
The Avs nearly blew a three-goal, third-period lead to the Jack Eichel-less Buffalo Sabres on Sunday but hung on for a 5-4 win. Colorado trails the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff picture. The club is 30-25 SU and 35-20 on the puckline this season. Montreal took down Colorado 4-2 when the two sides met at the Bell Centre three weeks ago. The result snapped the Avs’ 10-game win streak and sent them in a tailspin.
Winger Artturi Lehkonen is the hot for skater for Montreal right now. He assisted on both of Montreal’s goals against Nashville and has five points in his last three games. Brendan Gallagher has 10 points in his last 10 games and has scored in each of the Habs’ last two contests. Today’s matchup against the Avs is the first of four-game road trip and there are some beat writers wondering if Tomas Plekanec and team captain Max Pacioretty have played their last game in front of the Montreal crowd. The Habs are expected to be sellers going in the trade market leading up to deadline day.
Nathan MacKinnon can’t get healthy soon enough for Colorado’s sake. The star center hasn’t played since injuring his shoulder against the Vancouver Canucks two weeks ago. MacKinnon leads the team in scoring with 61 points in 49 games. The Avs had scored just five goals in four games before busting out with five markers against the Sabres on Sunday.