Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/8/21

Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/8/21 Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (11-6-6) at Vancouver Canucks (11-15-2)

NHL Hockey: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks +121 / Montreal Canadiens -135 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks meet Monday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 15 goals, Jeff Petry has 14 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 40 goals on 394 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 21 goals on 267 shots.

The Vancouver Canucks look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 13 goals, Quinn Hughes has 20 assists and Elias Pettersson has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 39 goals on 366 shots faced while Thatcher Demko has given up 48 goals on 553 shots.

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The Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 5-12 in their last 17 overall. The under is 10-2-1 in Canadiens last 13 Monday games. The under is 4-1 in Canucks last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Vancouver and 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.

The Montreal Canadiens are the better team on paper and have absolutely dominated the Canucks over the years, but they're in no position now to be laying juice, especially on the road. The Vancouver Canucks have issues across the board, but they're coming off a solid week and showing signs of life. The Habs should be favored and should win based on the history, but I'm not laying this price in their current form. Give me the Canucks and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Vancouver Canucks +121

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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