Anaheim Ducks at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 5, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montréal, QC H4B 5G0
Montreal Canadiens -165; O/U: 5.5
The Anaheim Ducks look to play their way out of their ugly losing skid as they head into Montreal to take on a Canadiens team coming off a loss on Sunday.
The Ducks have been one of the league’s biggest underachievers this season and things don’t get any easier for them here as they head into Montreal to take on a Canadiens side that is 6-2 in their last 8 games and are looking like a dark horse in the Eastern Conference. The Ducks have been dreadful on the road as they are 2-8 in their last 10 games away from home and are coming off an absolute thrashing at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs last night who handed Anaheim a 6-1 defeat. Anaheim is just 1-4 in their last 5 trips to the Bell Centre in Montreal and the home team has won 7 in a row in this series and with the Ducks playing in a back to back this doesn’t look like a great spot for them to rebound.
The Canadiens meanwhile have quietly had a very strong season and have quickly advanced their rebuilding phase but they have publicly stated they won’t wager the future to acquire immediate assets and that could very well cost them a spot in the playoffs this season. Montreal has a handful of promising options in the offensive zone and some of their trades are finally starting to pay dividends as the likes of Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi are enjoying nice seasons and Carey Price is back to form as one of the league’s top goaltenders. Montreal is a hefty favorite in this spot and perhaps the only way to play this one in the side is with a regulation play.
The Ducks are winless in their last 5 games against the Atlantic and are 1-8 in their last 9 games against the Eastern Conference while the Habs are 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Pacific and are 4-1 in their last 5 games at home against Anaheim. This looks like a lost season for the Ducks and a trip to Montreal who is coming off a home loss is not a great recipe. Montreal wins easily.