San Jose Sharks (20-12-4) at Montreal Canadiens (16-19-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 2, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -110 / San Jose Sharks +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Montreal Canadiens look for a better start to 2018 as they welcome the San Jose Sharks to the Bell Centre on Tuesday evening.
The Sharks head into Montreal on Tuesday looking to start the new calendar year off with a bang and jump back into the race for top spot in the Pacific division as they currently sit a full 10 points behind the surprising Las Vegas Golden Knights and six back of the Kings for second place. San Jose has had a decent start to the year as they are 20-12-4 through their first 36 games but they have struggled away from home and are 1-5 in their last five games on the road but they have won their last five meetings with the Canadiens, though most of them have come in California. San Jose is expected to send Martin Jones to the crease here as he will face off against Carey Price who needs to get his team back in the win column or things could take a very ugly turn in the front office.
The Canadiens have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments this season and they have had their struggles against the Pacific as they have dropped eight of their last 11 and are winless in their last four games overall. Montreal has come under fire over the last season and a half after making some ill advised moves that included a failure to re-sign Alex Radulov and the trade that sent highly touted defensive prospect Mikhail Sergachev to the Tampa Bay Lightning who is absolutely ripping it up in Florida. Montreal is 2-8 in their last 10 games against Western Conference foes and shouldn’t be playing with much confidence in this one against the Sharks.
The Sharks are 40-18 in their last 58 Tuesday games and 5-1 in their last six following a loss of three or more goals while the Habs are 1-4 in their last five after scoring two or fewer in their previous game and 0-5 in their last five against San Jose. The Sharks seem to have Montreal’s number and it seems like the fire sale in Montreal is inevitable and things don’t get much better after this one.