Chicago Blackhawks (43-20-5) at Montreal Canadiens (39-22-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 14, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -115 / Chicago Blackhawks +104 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Chicago Blackhawks look to stay red hot on the road as they head into the Bell Centre to face off with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks look for their ninth road win in their last 10 tries as they face off against a Canadiens side who has elevated their game over the last couple of weeks thanks in large part to Carey Price regaining his MVP form, but he and the Habs will be tested here against Chicago. The Hawks are back in familiar territory as they are once again considered a favourite to emerge out of the Western Conference and with a victory here the Hawks can overtake the Wild for top spot in the Central division in a race that looks like it is going to come down to the wire. Chicago always seems to have an abundance of secondary scoring options to go alongside Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and with someone stepping up on a nightly basis it makes these Hawks a very tough out for any opponent and with the Canadiens having issues scoring they could be in for a tough night here.
The Canadiens head home after a Western Canada road trip, and while they were pasted by the Calgary Flames they did have success in Edmonton and Vancouver and now return home for a big show down against their Original Six rivals. Montreal continues to go as far as Carey Price will take them and during his down swing the team really suffered and their grasp on top spot in the Atlantic has shrunken down to two points, but with Price back into form and the season starting to wind down they look as good as any to finish atop the division and land home ice advantage for the first two rounds. Carey Price is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Croey Crawford who is back as the team’s every game starter.
The Blackhawks are 19-7 in their last 26 games following a win and 7-3 in their last 10 against the Eastern Conference while the Habs are 7-1 in their last eight overall and 4-1 in their last five playing on one day’s rest. Chicago to me is the better team and with a high octane offense I think they do enough to outlast the Canadiens here who fall short at home.