Montreal Canadiens (22-26-7) at Colorado Avalanche (30-21-4)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 14, 2018, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -120 / Montreal Canadiens +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL action comes to the Pepsi Center where the Colorado Avalanche host the Montreal Canadiens.
The postseason for the Montreal Canadiens begins now as every game is of the must win variety. Montreal has dropped back to back contests following a 3-2, shootout loss to the visiting Nashville Predators where Brendan Gallagher and Jonathan Drouin scored for the Canadiens.
The Predators received goals off the sticks of Scott Harnell in the second period for a 1-0 lead with Kevin Fiala scoring in the third. Ryan Ellis scored the only goal in the shootout and Nashville received 47 saves from Pekka Rinnee while Carey Price made 30 stops for the Habs.
The Colorado Avalanche were once the hottest team in the game but have dramatically cooled off and need better performance at both ends of the ice. Colorado snapped a two game skid with a 5-4 win at Buffalo with the Sabres receiving goals from Benoit Pouliot, Casey Nelson, Ryan O’Reilly and Evander Kane.
Five different players scored for the Avalanche with Alexander Kerfoot, Matt Nieto, Colin Wilson, Tyson Jost and Gabriel Bourque all lighting the lamp. Jonathan Bernier picked up the win for Colorado with 28 saves while Robin Lehner allowed five goals on 27 shots.
Under is 6-0 in Canadiens last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and under is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 Wednesday games and Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Under is 5-0-1 in Avalanche last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and Avalanche are 10-1 in their last 11 home games and Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. Home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado and Canadiens are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado.
Neither squad looks inviting to me but if I were going to take a shot I would back the Avalanche…