Montreal Canadiens Travel to Vancouver to Face the Canucks
On Wednesday evening, the Montreal Canadiens will head to the Rogers Arena to take on the Vancouver Canucks. This is an Eastern vs Western Conference showdown.
This is going to be the second and final game against one another. Vancouver was able to pick up a 2-1 road victory against Montreal all the way back on November 29th.
The Canadiens are last in the Atlantic Division (15-34-7, 37 points) and are riding a two-game winning streak. While the Canucks are sitting at fifth in the Pacific Division (28-23-6, 62 points) and are on a two-game winning streak as well.
These two franchises are both on the outside of the playoff picture as of this writing. So this could be a chance for the Canucks to continue building onto their success and making it once the regular season ends. Let’s dive deeper into Montreal and Vancouver to determine which team can cover the puck line.
Game Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks March 9th
The offense of the Montreal Canadiens have been struggling a bit this year. They are averaging 2.41 goals on 29.6 shot attempts this season. While the Vancouver Canucks are not far ahead of them as they are scoring 2.82 goals on 32.4 shots thus far this year.
Center Nick Suzuki is leading the way for Montreal as he has scored 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists). He recorded seven points in his previous three games. Center J.T. Miller is doing well on the other side for Vancouver. He has posted the 11th-most points in the NHL with 63 points (22 goals, 41 assists), with ten of those points being added in his previous five games.
Sam Montembeault has been struggling in the net for Montreal as he is 6-11-4 with an 89.7 save percentage and allowed 3.66 goals per game. This is compared to goalie Thatcher Demko for Vancouver, and is currently 25-16-2 with 2.63 goals given up per game and a 91.7 save percentage this season.
As a team, the Canadiens are allowing 3.79 goals on 34 shot attempts per game. While the Canucks are giving up 2.84 goals given up on 31.6 shots against them.
Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks Betting Prediction
These standings should tell you itself, but the Vancouver Canucks are far and away the better team in this matchup. The major difference between these two franchises as of late has definitely been on the offensive side of the ice. The Canucks are scoring 4.8 goals in their previous five games while the Canadiens are averaging 3.5 goals in their last four games.
Vancouver is 33-24 against the spread this season, while Montreal is 26-30 against the spread so far. All in all, go with the Vancouver Canucks to cover the puck line at home.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.