Five Canadian NHL Teams Search For A Win On Thursday Night
Montreal Hopes To Avoid A Fourth Straight Loss
The Montreal Canadiens are a consensus -175 home favorite against the New Jersey Devils tonight as the Habs look to avoid losing three in a row since G Carey Price has returned. Things were initially great when Price got back between the pipes as he helped start a five-game winning streak for Montreal, but the last three games have been tough as they've all been home losses and have come after they obliterated Detroit 10-1 and outscored the wings 16-4 in a home-and-home series.
What may be most concerning for bettors thinking about backing Montreal tonight is that not only have they lost three in a row entering play tonight, but the last two have come as substantial favorites of -150 or more. Granted they were against Calgary and Edmonton and all-Canadian matchups are always going to be pretty intense, but the recent form suggests that Montreal is not a team you really want to swallow that chalk on tonight.
Finally, there is one more concerning factor for tonight's game and possibly a reason to look further at taking a shot with New Jersey. This is Montreal's last game before they head to Ottawa to play the overhyped outdoor game in the nation's capital on Saturday night, and the Habs players could have one eye looking ahead to that spectacle. I never want to play on teams in potential lookahead spots and with Montreal's recent form being suspect as well, the +155 price tag on the Devils looks quite tempting.
Edmonton Is One Canadian Team To Definitely Back Tonight
Out west we've got a Nashville Predators team coming off a 7-1 win in Vancouver on Wednesday, heading to Edmonton to face an Oilers team who's coming off a dominating win where they scored seven times themselves. The Oilers concluded a brief three-game road trip with a 7-2 win in Columbus on Tuesday and now get to host a Preds squad that is making its way through Western Canada.
After last night's dominating win for Nashville, oddsmakers actually opened this game up in the pick'em range as many bettors have a tough time ignoring what they've just seen. But as the morning as rolled along, a big of action has spiked the line to -120 on the Oilers and I 100% agree with the move. Edmonton is just as hot offensively right now and being the team with a bit more rest under their belts and in front of their home fans, it's a good situation for the Oilers and the price is definitely right.
Calgary May Be Tough To Trust Tonight
The Calgary Flames are in a similar position to Edmonton's in that they are at home and laying about -120 to -125 on the ML. The Flames host a San Jose Sharks team for the first time this year, but unlike Edmonton facing a Nashville team without rest, the Sharks have been off since Sunday when they suffered a 4-3 loss in OT. All that time off to figure out ways to help San Jose get back on track - they have still gained at least a point in the standings in eight of their last 10 games - makes the Sharks an underdog I'm willing to back tonight.
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