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After splitting their first two games with a win and an overtime loss, the Montreal Canadiens hope to continue their winning ways as they travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks. The Canucks won their opener but have lost two games in a row to the Calgary Flames and hope they can end the dry spell on Wednesday night.
Canadiens bring depth and scoring
The Canadiens have been one of the surprising teams this season as they suddenly look like one of the teams that can win the North Division. The Canadiens are being led with a deep scoring lineup with 30-year-old Tomas Tatar and 33-year-old Jeff Petry leading the team with 4 and 5 points respectively while 21-year-old Nick Suzuki is bursting on to the NHL scene with 2 assists and a goal on the early season already.
The Canadiens also possess a great defense as well as great goaltending. The defense is led by Jeff Petry who not only leads the team in points but also has 6 blocked shots on the season which is second behind Joel Edmundson, who has 9 this year. The goaltending is led by the reliable Carey Price but after acquiring Jake Allen, the Canadiens have a backup that can give Price a night off and still give them a chance to win.
Canucks hope to end three-game skid
The Vancouver Canucks split their first two games against the Edmonton Oilers but lost both games to the Calgary Flames to fall to 1-3 on the season. The last three losses have exposed the defense of Vancouver and the potential problems in the net. While Vancouver acquired Nate Schmidt in the offseason, the overall play of the defense is worrisome as only Schmidt and Tyler Myers have more than 7 blocked shots on the season while defensemen like Quinn Hughes are great offensively but struggling defensively.
The offense meanwhile is led by one of the best young players in the NHL in 21-year-old defenseman Quinn Hughes who has been responsible for three assists on the season. Along with the 23-year-old Brock Boeser, who has 2 goals in the early season, the Canucks have a young roster that should get better as the season goes on.
Canucks are 7-0 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Canucks are 10-4 in their last 14 Wednesday games.
Canucks are 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest.
Canadiens are 8-18 in their last 26 Wednesday games.
Canadiens are 3-7 in their last 10 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Canucks hit a wall against the Calgary Flames but should rebound against the Canadiens to return to their winning ways. We can expect the defense to finally clamp down with Quinn Hughes and Nate Schmidt eliminating many of the Canadiens offensive opportunities. We can also expect the Canucks offense to finally take off with Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat leading the way. the Canucks should win this game and remind us that they are poised to have a great season in the North Division.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams are built from the defense onwards and this game as a result should be a low-scoring one. Expect Carey Price to continue his incredible season and if Jake Allen plays, we can expect Allen to limit the Canucks as well. Whether it be Thatcher Demko or Braden Holtby in net, we can expect the defense to bail them out in this game with Tyler Myers continuing his impressive season.