Montreal Canadiens (1-5-1) at Anaheim Ducks (2-3-1)
|Date & Time||Friday October 20, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under:
The Montreal Canadiens look to play out of their early season funk as they continue their West coast road trip against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
The Canadiens are off to a freezing cold start this season and haven’t looked like the group many expected would contend for an Eastern Conference crown this season, and as the seats get warmer on their team brass and executives it could make for a very rocky season in Montreal. The Habs were highly criticized for their lack of offense throughout last season so they made a move to acquire Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it came at a cost as one of th eleague’s best defensive prospects as Mikhail Sergachev went back the other way, and while his success is still to be determined he is certainly a bright young star to go along with a very nice core of players in Tampa Bay. The Habs are 1-5-1 to start the season and are expected to send Carey Price to the crease here as he will face off against John Gibson who is off to a pretty respectable start in the Anaheim crease.
The Ducks meanwhile have dropped four of their first six games and haven’t fit the bill as a contender in the Western Conference but they get a nice matchup here against a struggling Canadiens team that is on the back end of a long road trip across the continent. The Ducks still have a pretty solid crop of talent at both ends of the rink as they have one of the best defensive units in the NHL and a forward group led by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry but they need everyone to get on the same page and so far they haven’t looked great through five games. The Ducks are usually a tough out on home ice and with the Canadiens struggling wherever they play at the moment this looks like a nice spot for the home side and we will see what the line looks like once goaltenders are confirmed.
The Canadiens are winless in their last six games and 11-3 in their last 14 following a loss of three or more while the Ducks are 5-1 in their last six on three days rest and 1-4 in their last five overall. The goaltending matchup to me isn’t a factor here as the Habs have looked awful so far and Anaheim needs a big win heading into the weekend and they get it here.