St. Louis Blues (17-8-2) at Montreal Canadiens (13-12-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 5, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -115 / St. Louis Blues +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Montreal Canadiens look for their sixth win in a row and to make a statement against the St. Louis Blues as the two sides meet up in Montreal on Tuesday night.
The Blues look to snap out of their mini funk as they head into the Bell Centre to face off with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night in a show down of two of the league’s preseason playoff favourites and a potential Cup final preview if things go the way of each team’s expectations. The Blues started the season red hot and at times looked as though they may never lose again but they have dropped four of their last five games and now head into Montreal to take on a Canadiens side that is coming off a 10-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings, have won five straight contests, and have been rejuvenated since getting Carey Price back in the lineup. St. Louis is expected to send Jake Allen to the crease here as he will go up against Price in a battle of two very strong goaltenders who can steal the game on their own.
The Canadiens meanwhile head into Tuesday night’s show down playing their best hockey of the season and are starting to look like a completely different team now that Carey Price is back and healthy in the crease and with a victory here they would extend their mark to six straight games and their fifth straight on home ice. Montreal has always had some solid depth in the offensive zone but their blue line is a cause for concern which is why the move to acquire Jonathan Drouin came with such polarizing results, and while the former third overall selection is a top end offensive talent they gave up their best blue line prospect who is thriving in his rookie season in Tampa and has left the Habs with an extended void on the blue line.
The Blues are 15-6 in their last 21 against the Eastern Conference and are 5-2 in their last seven Tuesday games while the Habs are winless in their last four against the West and 2-5 in their last seven Tuesday games. While Montreal is starting to play well and Price has the edge in goal the Blues are due to rebound and they always have success against the Canadiens as they are 8-3 in their last 11 meetings with Montreal and they keep that going here.