Montreal Canadiens (23-29-10) at New York Islanders (29-27-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders -105 / Montreal Canadiens -105 --- Over/Under: 6
NHL action comes to the Belle Centre where the Montreal Canadiens host the New York Islanders.
The New York Islanders need a prolonged hot streak if the team is entertaining a playoff push. New York has dropped seven of ten after a 2-1 loss at New Jersey where their potent offense was held in check with Jordan Eberle scoring in the second.
The Devils trailed until 6:35 of the third period when Kyle Palmieri scored the equalizer before Palmieri lit the lamp once again with the winner at 11:11. Taylor Hall gave New Jersey a pair of assists and Keith Kinkaid picked up the win with 30 saves while Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots in defeat.
The Montreal Canadiens have their backs against the wall for a spot in the postseason as a historic finish and help is required. Montreal has issues at both ends of the ice although it was the offense that could not come through in a 1-0, shootout loss to visiting Philadelphia on Monday.
The red hot Flyers saw Jakub Voracek score in round three of the shootout before Sean Couturier netted the winner in round six while Paul Byron tallied in round two for the Canadiens. Newcomer Petr Mrazek picked up the win for Philadelphia with 28 saves with Charlie Lindgren recorded 33 stops.
Under is 5-1 in Islanders last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and Islanders are 3-14 in their last 17 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Under is 5-0 in Canadiens last 5 Wednesday games and Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Islanders are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings.
The Islanders have won three straight in this series but I’m inclined to back the Canadiens who might have had a win get away versus the Flyers…