Carolina Hurricanes (21-19-8) at Montreal Canadiens (20-22-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 25, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -125 / Carolina Hurricanes +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL playoff hopefuls the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet at the Bell Centre on Thursday.
The Carolina Hurricanes need a strong second half of the season to get themselves in position to make a run at the postseason. Carolina has dropped four of five and currently are number eight in the Metropolitan following a 3-1 defeat at the Pittsburgh Penguins where the offense managed a second period goal off the stick of Derek Ryan.
Dominik Simon, Jean-Sebastian Dea and Jake Guentzel supplied goals for the Penguins who are suddenly showing signs of life. Nine different players recorded points for Pittsburgh who received 34 saves from Casey DeSmith while Cam Ward fell to 12-6-2 with a 30 save effort for the Hurricanes.
The Montreal Canadiens are 5th in the Atlantic standings which sounds fin until we see the team is not even playing .500 hockey. Montreal is hoping for some much needed momentum after ending the ten game winning streak of the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday. Nathan MacKinnon and JT Compher scored third period goals for the Avs who tried to rally from a 3-0 deficit.
The balanced Canadiens offense received scoring from Nicolas Deslauriers, Alex Galchenyuk, Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher. Drouin added a pair of helpers for a three point night and Carey Price logged 20 saves for the Habs who have won two of three. Jonathan Bernier was charged with the loss for Colorado with three goals allowed on 39 shots.
Under is 4-0 in Hurricanes last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and Hurricanes are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and under is 5-1 in Hurricanes last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. Under is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 Thursday games and over is 5-0 in Canadiens last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and Canadiens are 1-6 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Hurricanes are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Montreal and under is 6-1-5 in the last 12 meetings and under is 19-6-2 in the last 27 meetings in Montreal.
Both teams have had plenty of issues heading in to the All Star break but I’ll go with the home squad…