Colorado Avalanche (44-19-5) at Montreal Canadiens (37-25-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 18, 2014, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Montreal Canadiens -126 / Colorado Avalanche +114 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Avalanche and Canadiens square off in a show down in Montreal on Tuesday night as former Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy returns as coach of the Avs.
Colorado has been spectacular this season and completely wiped out any memory of last season’s debacle with a playoff type performance this year. Colorado drafted Nathan Mackinnon with the first overall pick in last year’s draft and it looks as though the move is going to pay off in the present as well as the future as he will likely claim the Calder Trophy and be a cornerstone of this franchise for years to come. Patrick Roy to me has to be considered for the Jack Adams as the coach of the year and playing in Montreal at the Bell Centre you can be sure he would love to leave with two points and close the gap on the Blues in the process. JS Gigeure will get the call in goal for Colorado as he goes up against Carey Price for Montreal.
The Canadiens are in a battle with the Maple Leafs and Lightning for the third seed in the Eastern Conference and with the streak the Bruins are on right now that is as good as the Canadiens can hope for at the moment. Montreal is a solid team that has been pretty consistent all season and while they struggled a bit without Carey Price in the lineup he is back now and you can see the confidence level of the player’s sky rocket as a result. Montreal has won their last two games and have temporarily jumped into the three seed but things can change overnight as things are so close in the East and Montreal could fall as far down as seventh if they can’t turn things around. I have developed a rule of thumb with this Montreal team as I always seem to play against my instincts as they seem to make me look dumb however I bet them so I am going to side with the opposite. In this case I’ll suggest taking the Habs as I think Colorado should win but again this team always comes back to bite me.