Montreal Canadiens (21-12-3) at St. Louis Blues (22-7-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 19, 2013, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -173 / Montreal Canadiens +157 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Blues look to get back in the win column as they head home to host the Canadiens in what should be one of the best games of the night.
Montreal will be out for revenge in St. Louis on Thursday night as they dropped an overtime decision to the Blues at the Bell Centre earlier this year in what was a highly entertaining game between two of the game’s best teams. The Canadiens have won 7 of their last 10 contests and continue to climb up the Eastern Conference standings as they trail only the Penguins and Bruins. Max Pacioretty continues to enjoy a career season as he is the offensive leader for the Habs but a number of others have chipped in offensively which bodes very well moving forward as it was their offensive anemia in last year’s playoffs that spelled the end of the Stanley Cup dreams. Montreal has been very solid on the road this season and they catch the Blues heading back home after a long road trip so this could be a perfect spot for the Canadiens to take advantage and earn two points.
St. Louis is coming off an ugly loss against the Senators in Ottawa in what was a return for goaltender Brian Elliott but unfortunately for him it came in a losing effort. The Blues remain one of the game’s best teams as they sit in second place in the Central division and are right in the mix with the rest of the Western Conference powers atop the league standings but I think there is still that chip on their shoulder and a sense of disrespect from the viewing public. Jaroslav Halak will get the call for St. Louis in this spot and while I usually enjoy taking a goaltender against his former team I normally do so when they’re on the road and have more to prove. I actually like the Canadiens in this spot as Carey Price is the best player on the ice and should give his team a chance to win outright especially against a Blues team playing in their first game back from a road trip.