NHL Betting: Canadiens To Exploit Nashville's Moment of Weakness

Nashville Predators at Montreal Canadiens 

Signing off for the All-Star break with a win will still be important to these two despite their secure positions, nobody likes seven days stewing on a loss.

It's Montreal who come in with greater optimism after a Tomas Plekanec-inspired victory over the NY Islanders, the Canadiens have been really consistent since early December and I think we can chalk up the loss to Ottawa last week as an anomaly.

Nashville were dusted up by Detroit on Saturday which ended their five game winning streak and the goalie situation means that's a bigger worry than it may seem.

Carter Hutton has temporarily assumed the starting gig with Pekka Rinne out injured and started, the choice to use him on back to back nights backfired heavily however as Hutton was pulled within minutes after allowing three goals off the first four shots against the Red Wings.

I'd expect Hutton to get the nod again tonight but whether it's him or Marek Mazanec nerves are to be expected as they won't want to be the reason the Predators lose consecutive games in regulation for the first time all year.

Max Pacioretty is another in form Hab who'll be bearing down on net, his six game goal streak may have ended but a couple of assists means he's racked up ten points through seven contests.

There's more than enough about Montreal to take advantage of Nashville's moment of weakness and I think they'll get through here at around 2.28.


Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars

Dallas are a funny one, they can outscore any team in the league as they did against both Washington and Chicago at the weekend but can't be relied upon to be consistent at the back.

Kari Lehtonen could perhaps be posting some better numbers between the posts, the goalie's individual 19-9-7 record suggests otherwise that the Stars are always competitive when he's involved.

Fellow Finn Tuukka Rask's results for Boston are almost identical at 19-11-6 and I think we're in for a really even duel between them. The Bruins had their upturn halted by Columbus on Saturday and road form remains a concern, I'd say they were a little fortunate in their pair of away wins so far this month and most of their travelling success came very early on in the campaign.

Brad Marchand leads the team with 12 goals and won't be available tonight as he serves the second game of a short suspension, even without him as a known agitator both clubs have plenty of players willing to mix it up and this matchup has the potential to get testing for the officials.

As long as they don't end up shorthanded because of it the physical challenge won't disrupt Dallas and I think they're the value option at 2.55.

Best Bet: Montreal Canadiens to win at 2.25