NHL Canadian Teams Head Into December
Montreal's Glad To Have Carey Price Back In Goal
The Montreal Canadiens have been a floundering team for much of the opening two months of the season, in large part because they were without their All-World goalie Carey Price for most of November. Price returned to the crease for the Canadiens last game on Saturday, and he looked like the perennial All-Star netminder the Habs have grown accustomed too. Price stopped all 36 shots he faced from Buffalo in a 3-0 Montreal victory, and the Habs will need more of that over the next little while to get back in the playoff picture.
Price should see significant time between the pipes for Montreal over the next little while, and with seven of Montreal's next eight games being at home, this is a great opportunity for the Canadiens to rack up some victories. Price can't put the puck in the opposing net though and he's not likely to be on his A-game every night, so even with him back in goal, Montreal's scorers still have to step up their production. Maybe getting Price back in the fold is the spark this team needed right now, and we will see if it holds on Tuesday when Columbus comes to town.
Ottawa Has Got To Shake This Losing
The Senators enter the final week of November having lost six in a row. Ottawa hasn't won since they beat Colorado over in Sweden in the middle of the month, as their scoring has dried up and they can't put a complete game together. Scoring two goals or less like they have in each of their last six games isn't going to get the job done in today's NHL, as their move to get Matt Duchene from Colorado to bolster their attack hasn't really paid much of a dividend so far. There is still plenty of time in the season, but things have to change soon.
What makes matters worse for this slumping team is the fact that they start a seven-game road trip in Montreal on Wednesday night. This is a road trip that eventually will take them through the dreaded California stretch with games against Anahiem, LA, and San Jose before heading back East, and those three games in California are in four nights as well. There is no question that this upcoming road trip could make or break the Sens campaign, so look for the Sens to step up their intensity over the next few weeks to try and get back in the win column.
Will Edmonton Find Their Groove Soon?
The Edmonton Oilers entered the season as basically a co-favorite to win it all this year, but with a 9-13-1-1 SU record at the time of this writing, the Oilers find themselves in 2nd last in the Pacific Division and in need of a prolonged winning streak. The Oilers did finish last week on a high note with a 4-2 win in Boston to conclude a 2-3 SU road trip, but this organization has much loftier expectations then that.
From this week until the new year, nine of Edmonton's 15 games are at home, albeit against plenty of tough competition. Like Ottawa's upcoming make-or-break road trip, this next month is going to be absolutely critical to any level of success the Oilers find this year, as keeping track of this team for good/bad betting spots over the next month is a must.
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