Anaheim Ducks (40-22-9) at Montreal Canadiens (33-34-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 22, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +143 / Anaheim Ducks -158 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ducks continue their pursuit of the Pacific division crown as they head into Montreal to battle the Canadiens on Tuesday night.
The Anaheim Ducks head into the Bell Centre looking to chip away at the lead held by the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific division and with a game in hand on their rivals they can pull to within two points with a win over the Canadiens tonight. The Ducks are a very good team and have dashed any discussion of missing the playoffs after a lackluster start and look like the team many anticipated they would be at the start of the year which is a Western power and a legitimate threat to win the Stanley Cup. Anaheim has ridden the exceptional rookie season of goaltender John Gibson and he will likely get the start tonight as he will face off against Mike Condon who continues to log most of the starts in relief of the injured Carey Price.
The Habs have had a season to forget and are closer to landing the top draft pick than they are to the playoffs but they do still have a pretty solid base in place and are a season removed from a solid playoff run and with Price back in the mix next year they should rebound nicely. Montreal though seems to be defeated in terms of morale this season and are simply playing out the string but with the raucous Bell Centre crowd on their side every home game seems to be a great chance to grab a victory even if it is in the role of spoiler against a very talented Ducks side. In the end, this game matters too much for Anaheim to falter and I think they get a big victory on the road.