Colorado Avalanche at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Saturday January 12, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Montreal Canadiens -122 / Colorado Avalanche -102
The Colorado Avalanche and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Saturday night.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to rebound after losing back-to-back games and 8 of their last 9 games following a 5-3 loss to Calgary in their last outing. Colorado fell behind 2-0 but equalized before the end of the period thanks to goals from Nathan McKinnon and Erik Johnson just 3:09 apart to head to the 2nd knotted at 2-2. The Flames re-took the lead and carried the 3-2 advantage into the 3rd where the Flames pushed it to 4-2 just before the midway point of the final period. Mikko Rantanen pulled a goal back late for Colorado, but it was too little too late as the Flames added an empty-netter to close the book on the game. Semyon Varlamov took the loss, falling to 11-9-5 this season after allowing 4 goals on 15 shots in the losing effort.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to find some consistency after splitting their last 12 games following a 4-1 loss to St. Louis in their last outing. St. Louis opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game and doubled their advantage, giving the Habs a 2-0 deficit after the opening period. The Blues pushed the lead to 3-0 before Brendan Gallagher finally got Montreal on the board just 2:58 later, but that was all the scoring the Canadiens would muster up as St. Louis put their 4th on the board and held on to send Montreal home empty-handed. Carey Price ended up with the loss, falling to 16-13-4 on the year after allowing all 4 goals on 30 shots faced in the losing effort.
Colorado is 1-8 in their last 9 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 road games. Montreal is 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 9-20 in their last 29 Saturday games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Montreal has burned me more often than not this season, so backing the Habs is frustrating, especially when you consider how inconsistent they’ve been as of late. However, one thing that Colorado has done consistently as of late is lose and given the dominance of the home team in this matchup, I’ll begrudgingly lay the juice with Montreal as siding with Colorado isn’t an option right now given the current form of the Avs.