Minnesota Wild vs. Montreal Canadiens - 11/1/13
Montreal Canadiens (8-5-0) at Minnesota Wild (6-4-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -126 / Montreal Canadiens +114 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens look for their third straight victory as they head on the road to face the Minnesota Wild who are looking to avenge a loss.
Montreal has been one of the most consistent teams in the league this season as they sit at 8-5 on the year but have won seven of their last 10 games overall and will be looking for their third straight against a tough Minnesota team. The Habs have a lot of talent at key positions including the reigning Norris Trophy winner in PK Subban and the frontrunner to be Team Canada’s starting goaltender in Sochi in Carey Price. Montreal also has a lot of balance up front and while hampered by injuries the Habs have been able to find ways to score and more importantly keep pucks out of their net. Price has confirmed to be the starter for Montreal here tonight while the Wild are slated to go with Nicklas Backstrom who is returning from injury and could have lost his starter’s gig to backup Josh Harding.
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The Wild started slow out of the gates but have since turned things around and while they’re coming off a loss in their last outing they are 6-4-2 on the year and are an impressive 4-1-2 at home. The Wild are built largely from the crease out as they have solid netminding and a very stingy defense but they do have some guys who can score as well and while Zach Parise and Dany Heatley haven’t been lighting up the scoresheet they are still gamers that can change the course of an outcome every night. The Wild have been tough at home but the Canadiens have been just as impressive on the road and while this may be a look ahead spot for them as they head to Colorado to face the Avs on Saturday I think they come away with another road win here against a very tough Minnesota team. Take Montreal.