Can Canadian NHL Teams Go 3-For-3 On Tuesday Night?
Red-Hot Montreal Hosts The Slumping Blues
Life couldn't really go much better for the Montreal Canadiens since G Carey Price has returned, as they've won five in a row and are slowly climbing back into contention in the Eastern Conference. Now, this run of victories with Price back in the mix won't continue forever, but after beating Detroit 10-1 on Saturday in the latter half of a home-and-home with the Wings - that Montreal swept - the confidence in that Montreal dressing room has to be at an all-time high right now.
Enter a St Louis Blues team tonight who has spent much of this young season at or near the top of the Western Conference standings, but three straight losses entering play tonight has seen them drop off a bit. But even though this Blues team may not be playing their best at the moment, they are the superior overall team on paper in this matchup and have already flipped to the slight favorite for this matchup as they've got the support of the betting market. I'm inclined to agree with that move as a Montreal loss is coming soon.
Winnipeg Finds Themselves In 1st Place
One of those Central Division rivals that has passed St Louis recently are the Winnipeg Jets. On the backs of winning two in a row and seven of their last 10, Winnipeg now sits atop the Central Division in the West and gets to face the aforementioned Detroit Red Wings squad who just had their asses handed to them by Montreal. On paper how can you not like the Winnipeg Jets ML in this spot?
Well for one, it's not the greatest spot for the Jets to begin this road trip against a team desperate for redemption after their performance on Saturday night. No team in the NHL is ever as good or as bad as they may look on a given night, and you know the Red Wings would love nothing more than to bounce back in a big way this evening. I'm expecting high-level play from both sides in this contest, and with improved defensive play being the #1 priority for Detroit, perhaps the 'under' 5.5 is the best bet here for tonight's contest.
Can Vancouver Win Three In A Row?
The Canucks are in the midst of a short three-game homestand, and after beating Toronto 2-1 on Saturday night, a win over Carolina tonight would ensure them a winning mark during this brief stay at home. It would also make it three in a row for this young Canucks team that still continues to surprise with their strong play and have yet to take that drastic drop in the standings that many (including myself) have been waiting for.
Vancouver is listed as a small home underdog tonight despite this being Carolina's third game in five nights. Since the betting line has already flipped over to Carolina laying chalk after Vancouver opened as slight favorites, it appears as though the majority are expecting Vancouver to stumble tonight. As +100 ML home underdogs though, there actually is a bit of value in backing the Canucks tonight in my opinion.
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