Avalanche vs. Canadiens - 2/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (27-26-4) at Colorado Avalanche (29-26-4)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -125 / Montreal Canadiens +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, ALT, TSN
The Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche square off Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 20 goals, Brendan Gallagher has 16 assists and Alex Galchenyuk has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 89 goals on 890 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 25 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 25 assists and Jarome Iginla has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 100 goals on 1,187 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 8-20 in their last 28 vs. Western Conference and 3-14 in their last 17 road games. The Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 12-4 in their last 16 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Canadiens are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado.
Both teams are in bad form at the moment, but the Canadiens are struggling far more, especially on the road where they've lost 14 of their last 17 games. No, thanks. I'll take the home team and cheap price.