Montréal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks

 

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After scoring 7 goals in a 7-4 victory in Vancouver, the Montreal Canadiens hope to sweep the Canucks with another win on Saturday. The Canadiens have surprised many this season by winning 3 of their first five games and their only losses coming in overtime. The Canucks meanwhile, entered this season with high hopes but have been struggling early on this season as they are 2-4 to start the year.

Canadiens depth is leading the way

The Canadiens weren’t regarded as one of the top teams in the North Division prior to the season start, however, after the first five games, many are starting to believe the hype. The Canadiens possess a deep roster that is finding scoring and defense throughout the lineup. Jeff Petry is emerging as one of the best two-way players in the NHL as he leads the team with five assists and has blocked 8 shots on the season. Likewise, Montreal is seeing 21-year-old center Nick Suzuki emerge as one of their best scorers on an offense that is already led by Tyler Toffoli who has 5 goals on the season.

The big acquisition for the Canadiens was goaltender Jake Allen. While Carey Price is regarded as one of the best goalies in the NHL, Jake Allen is able to backup Price and start on any night to give Price a day off. In the recent victory, Allen started in goal and led the 7-4 victory.

Canucks hope to find answer in net

The Vancouver Canucks lost their star goalie Jacob Markstrom in the offseason and hoped that signing Braden Holtby would be able to ease the transition as Holtby would split time with Thatcher Demko in the net. While Holtby has been able to hold his ground, allowing 11 goals in the 3 games he has started, Thatcher Demko has struggled immensely this season, allowing 16 goals in his 3 starts. The initial plan was to rotate the two goalies but Demko being a liability might force Vancouver to change that strategy.

The offense has been the Canucks strength to start the season. Bo Horvat leads the offense with 5 goals this season while Brock Boeser has 4 goals. Defenseman Quinn Hughes is emerging as one of the best defensive scorers in the NHL with 6 assists in the early season. While the defense has struggled, Nate Schmidt is proving why he was worth signing in the offseason as he has 11 blocked shots on the season so far.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Canucks appear to be ready for a bounce-back game but we can expect the Canadiens to win this game and sweep the mini-series. The goals should pile in from Montreal throughout their lineup whether it be Nick Suzuki, Jeff Petry, or Tyler Toffoli. Meanwhile, Montreal’s defense should be able to hold down Vancouver’s attack throughout the night with a likely great performance from Carey Price in goal. We can expect the Canadiens to win this game ane possibly by a wide margin.

Prediction:
Canadiens (-141)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Both offenses have been playing well this year and when you consider the struggles for Vancouver on defense and in goal, this is an easy bet for the Over. the Canadiens offense should be able to score with ease in this game with the deep scoring lineup constantly breaking through to find open shots and easy scoring chances. Likewise, we can expect Vancouver to score plenty of goals to help cover the spread in this game whether it be from Bo Horvat or Brock Boeser. The Over should cover in a high scoring game.

Prediction:
Over 6.5