Montreal Canadiens (17-12-5) at Colorado Avalanche (18-10-6)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 19, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -150 / Montreal Canadiens +136 --- Over/Under: 6
The Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Domi leads Montreal with 14 goals, Jeff Petry has 18 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 77 goals on 779 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 33 goals on 266 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a big victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 29.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 22 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 41 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 61 goals on 704 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 39 goals on 379 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed four or more goals in each of their last five games.
The Canadiens are 3-11 in their last 14 Wednesday games, 17-38 in their last 55 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Avalanche are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Atlantic and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 6-1 in Avalanche last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Canadiens last 7 overall.
The over has been a popular trend for both of these teams as of late and the Colorado Avalanche have been argubaly the worst defensive team in the league over the last week or so, allowing four or more goals in each of their last five games. Also, the last six meetings between the Canadiens and Avalanche have averaged 5.8 goals per game. Instead of laying juice with an Avalanche squad that's in poor form, I'm going to take my chances with the over.