Montreal at Vancouver Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on March 6, 2017 in

The Montreal Canadiens (37-21- 8, 82 points) visit the Vancouver Canucks (28-30- 7, 63 points) on Tuesday night in NHL action. The Canadiens routed the New York Rangers at Madison Garden on Saturday night, 4-1, while the Canucks took down the Anaheim Ducks on the road on Sunday, 2-1. There’s a whole week of NHL betting odds and lines on our main website.

Montreal at Vancouver Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 10:00pm ET
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver
RadioMontreal / Vancouver

Why should you bet on the Canadiens?

Montreal got out to a hot start back in October but then saw their fortunes sag a little bit around Christmas. They still lead the Atlantic Division (although four teams in the Metropolitan Division have better records than they do). This is what made their big win at Madison Square Garden so important, because it showed they could compete with the best in the other division — and on the road. The Canadiens have the fifth-best defense in the NHL (2.5 goals permitted per game) but against the Rangers they were almost perfect. Carey Price made 26 saves to lead the Habs to their sixth win in seven games — which started after the team fired Michel Therrien and brought in Claude Julien to coach the team.

Why should you put your money on the Canucks?

Vancouver might be heating things up, after beating both the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks during a quick swing down to Southern California. Against the Ducks, goalie Richard Bachman stood tall, making 43 saves — uncharacteristic play for a team that ranks #21 in goals permitted per game with 2.8. Offensively, the Canucks remain hamstrung. They average just 2.3 goals per game (28th in the NHL), and they only put up two on Anaheim. If they want to hang with Montreal, they will need to open up the offense a bit while remaining committed to that same ironclad defense.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Canadiens to continue their hot play and keep climbing the East standings. I predict a final score of Montreal 2, Vancouver 0.