Avalanche at Canadiens
On what I can only imagine is another depressing evening for all Canadiens fans in the world, they get to face off against the yet another potentially playoff bound team in the Colorado Avalanche. This is going to be their fifth game in a row against teams who are currently in the playoff picture as they are still looking for their first win in March. With that being said they have kept it surprisingly close with all of the teams that they have faced off against during this losing streak. In the 6 games that they’ve played in this month that honors the god of war, they have BATTLED. Of the 6 games they have lost 5 of them by only one goal and taken two of them to overtime. Although about half of their losses have been results of blown leads, they are keeping it close no matter how outmatched they may seem when looking at the stats. And the stats for today’s game could not show two more different teams.
As you can see from the image above the Habs are losing in every single stat possible to the Avs. But that’s been the case in each of their last four matchups as well. The Devils, Rangers, Canes, and Golden Knights were all suppose to be much better than the Habs, but they kept it close. So, the question now is, can they do it again?
Here is what we do know, The Canadiens are on a 6-game losing streak and have failed to win in the month of March. The Avs haven’t been doing too hot this month either and have only won 2 of their 6 matchups. In the only other time these two teams faced off this season the Avs got the better of the Habs with a 2-1 win in OT. As it is looking likely that Jake Allen is going to start in net tonight, it’s also important to note that he’s been pretty good in his last two home starts. Against the Devils he saved 34 out of 36 shots in the Habs 3-1 defeat and he save 36 of 39 in their OT loss to the Canes. We also know that the Avalanche fire shots, they are sixth in the NHL with 33.4 spg. And finally, I feel as though it’s important to note that Nathan MacKinnon is on a heater and has scored a goal in the Avs last four games.
With all of that being said I believe that there are a number of great bets on the table for tonight’s game. Even though it looks like the Avs should make easy work of this “Can’t win in March” Habs team, I think that the Canadiens are gritty. And sometimes if a gritty team gets pissed off enough then they can surprise anyone.
Hammer: Habs +1.5 -115
Hammer: Jake Allen o30.5 saves -130
Sprinkle: Habs ML +210
Sprinkle: MacKinnon ATTS -135