Montreal Canadiens (3-0-2) at Vancouver Canucks (2-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +125 / Montreal Canadiens -145 --- 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 Saturday night.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to build on their 7-3 beating of the Canucks last time out. Jeff Petry and Tyler Toffoli each have a team-high 7 points with Petry logging a team-high 5 assists while Toffoli has a team-high 5 goals. Joel Armia, Tomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki each have 5 points with Tatar logging 3 goals while Armia has 3 assists and Suzuki has 4 assists. Jonathan Drouin also has 4 assists while Shea Weber has a goal and 3 assists. Carey Price has a 1-1-1 record for Montreal with 11 goals allowed on 97 shots this season while Jake Allen has 4 goals against with 43 shots against this season.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to rebound from the beating at the hands of the Canadiens last time out. Bo Horvat leads the Canucks in scoring with 7 points with a team-high 5 assists and 2 assists while Quinn hughes has a team-high 6 assists. Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller each have 5 points with Miller logging 5 assists while Boeser has 4 goals. Tyler Myers has 4 points with a goal and 3 assists. Braden Holtby and Thatcher Demko have each had 3 starts with Holtby going 2-1 with 11 goals against on 102 shots against while Demko’s allowed 16 goals on 119 shots against this season for a 5.47 GAA compared to Holtby’s 3.58 GAA.
Montreal is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite. Vancouver is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games while the over is 4-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog.
I get the allure of Vancouver as a home dog, but the Canadiens haven’t completely roasted me yet and I really like the depth that the Habs have through the lineup. Side-by-side I just trust the Habs’ goaltending situation more with Carey Price in net than I do Vancouver’s with Thatcher Demko or Braden Holtby. And that’s coming from a Leafs fan. I’ll lay the juice with the Montreal here.