Montreal Canadiens vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (35-24-4) at Montreal Canadiens (29-28-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -125 / Carolina Hurricanes +105 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: CityTV, TVA, SN-East
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Saturday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will try to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 3-2 loss to Colorado last time out. Colorado opened the scoring just under seven minutes into the game before doubling their lead later in the 2nd period. Teuvo Teravainen struck twice in a span of 2:01 to tie the game for Carolina early on in the 3rd, but the Avs would respond and take the lead for good with less than three minutes to go in the game. Anton Forsberg took the loss after allowing 3 goals on 32 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Montreal Canadiens will be out to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers last time out. Max Domi opened the scoring for Montreal just over three minutes into the game and the lead held through the rest of the 1st and most of the 2nd before Tomas Tatar doubled the lead with just under three minutes to go in the 2nd period. New York responded just 1:33 later, and the Rangers would jump in front 4-3 with a pair of goals 1:13 apart. New York added a 4th goal with just under five minutes to play and iced the win with a 5th goal coming on an empty-net late. Carey Price took the loss, falling to 26-23-6 on the year after allowing 4 goals on 34 shots faced in the losing effort.
Carolina is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on no rest while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record. Montreal is 1-5 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 2-7 in their last 9 games overall while the under is 13-5-1 in their last 19 home games. Carolina is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams but are also just 4-11 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams in Montreal.
I’ve been all over the Canadiens lately, as just when you think Montreal is ready to turn the corner and make a serious playoff push over the last couple of months, the Habs go on this unexplainable losing stretch and just tailspin out of the race. However, Carolina is playing with their 3rd and 4th choice goaltenders right now with Reimer and Mrazek dealing with injuries, and the ‘Canes are on a back-to-back. We’ve seen Carolina pull it off with a Zamboni driver, but if the Habs can’t get a win in this favorable spot, the Canadiens will be in a world of trouble. I’ll lay the juice with the Canadiens at home here.