Montreal Canadiens vs. Arizona Coyotes - 2/1/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (17-25-6) at Montreal Canadiens (32-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Arizona Coyotes --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens look to extend their winning streak to six games and take over top spot in the Atlantic in the process as they welcome the Arizona Coyotes to town.
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The Coyotes fought back earlier this week on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs and held on for a 3-1 victory but quickly gave those points back last night as they took on the Ottawa Senators and what started out as a tight game finished as a 7-2 thrashing for the home side. Now, the Coyotes toninue their road trip in Montreal to take on the red hot Canadiens in what is one of the biggest mismatches on paper we have seen this season and to add more to it the Coyotes are likely starting Louis Domingue who is making his first start in the NHL. Arizona has had a tough go this season and it is no secret they will be in the mix for a top draft pick come July but the decisions they make leading up to the trade deadline is what everyone will be watching as some great players could be sent packing for prospects and draft picks including Antoine Vermette, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Keith Yandle. Either way the Coyotes face a tough task in this one even if the Habs go with Dustin Tokarski instead of Carey Price who has back to back shutouts going at the moment.
The Canadiens won their fifth game in a row on Saturday afternoon as they blanked the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre thanks to an overtime winner from Max Pacioretty and now sit just a single point back of the Bolts for top spot in the Atlantic. Montreal has been on fire and as mentioned a large part of that is thanks to Price who hasn't allowed a goal in six plus periods and has done so against the Rangers in New York and Washington at the Bell Centre. Montreal shocked a lot of people last year by qualifying for the Eastern Conference Finals and while they ended up losing out to the New York Rangers they certainly brought a lot of experience with them into this season and it has worked out very well for them as they look poised to return to the playoffs and make a run at a Stanley Cup. The odds on this one haven't come out yet as we wait for starting goalie confirmations but either way I think Montreal will end the weekend on a positive and continue Arizona's dismal season with a pounding.