Montreal Canadiens (2-0-1) at Vancouver Canucks (1-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:30 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -111 / Montreal Canadiens -111 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from Rogers Arena on Thursday night.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to rebound and get revenge after a 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks on Wednesday.
Bo Horvat opened the scoring for the Canucks with the lone goal of the opening period but Tyler Toffoli would equalize for the Habs to start the 2nd period. Tyler Motte restored Vancouver’s lead just 2:53 later but Toffoli would answer with his 2nd goal just 1:02 after that. Brock Boeser gave Van-City a 3-2 lead with just under nine minutes to go in the 2nd, but Brendan Gallagher would tie things up at three with less than two to play in the middle period, sending us to the 3rd deadlocked once again. Horvat gave Vancouver the lead again just over three minutes into the 3rd, but Jesperi Kotkaniemi tied the game at four for Montreal just after the halfway point of the 3rd and Toffoli would complete his hat trick to give Montreal their first lead of the game. The lead lasted all of 32 seconds before Boeser tied things up for Vancouver once again, making it a 5-5 game. The final three minutes of regulation solved nothing and neither did OT so it was off to the shootout where Bo Horvat had the winner in round four to give Vancouver the win and the extra point that goes with it. Braden Holtby got the win after stopping 31 of 36 shots faced in regulation and OT for Vancouver while Carey Price ended up with the loss, giving up five goals on 28 shots and 2 goals on 4 shots in the shootout.
Montreal is 4-1 in their last 5 games and 5-12 in their last 17 games playing on no rest while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Vancouver is 9-23 in their last 32 games playing on no rest and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 9-4-1 in their last 14 Thursday games. Montreal is 16-6 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Vancouver.
Maybe Vancouver winning in the shootout will turn things around for this team going forward. However, I’m not buying into the Canucks after one win, and I’m still really liking the depth throughout Montreal’s lineup and on the back-to-back I trust Jake Allen in goal for Montreal a lot more than I do Thatcher Demko for Vancouver. I’ll take Montreal in a revenge spot here.