NHL Betting: Canadiens To Hold Firm Against New York Rangers

Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers

Four days since their 2-0 victory over Philadelphia it's up to the Rangers to prove they can hang with an outfit that already beat them last month who are also 13 points clear of them in the NHL table.

Montreal shutout Boston last night and Carey Price was exceptional once more in denying their fiercest of rivals a place on the scoreboard, it also maintained their three point lead atop the standings.

Although that likely means Canada's goal medal winning goalie won't be between the pipes tonight for the purpose of giving him a rest that's nowhere near a gamebreaker as their backup has proved a more than able deputy, DustinTokarski has won three of his four starts and averages just 1.78 goals against for the season.

Guys like Mats Zuccarello always set a good forechecking tempo for New York which will be needed if they have any hope of turning the tide against Montreal, the hot hands of Max Pacioretty are top of the list to be negated.

I wouldn't necessarily have previewed this game but odds of around 2.95 on the league leaders taking a victory at a team that has too often flattered to deceive at home were too good to pass up.


Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks

Chicago are riding a three-game winning streak however still sit a way off the lead in conference because of their inconsistency.

One of the teams to outperform the favourites so far are the Canucks, both clubs deserve a lot of credit for getting through a number of games in which they've not played that well which is often the hallmark of a side in good shape.

As most sides do Vancouver have been going through a little rocky spell defensively which in the very least has made them fun to watch, more than 5.5 total goals tonight at 2.02 seems a solid bet.

Although it has been improving recently with three out of four wins the Blackhawks' road record isn't too impressive for a team of their calibre, aside from winning in Montreal earlier in the month they have struggled away at fellow contenders.

Everybody knows that Chicago will be a threat in the playoffs no matter where they make it in the seedings but that doesn't stop us cashing in now when none of their leading lights are shining too brightly.

Add in the fact they had to play last night and I think even a convincing win negates the effects of a back to back. Vancouver have been playing solid hockey and as they're ahead of the Hawks in the standings deserve to be favourites in their own building, take the Canucks at 2.65.

Best Bet: Montreal Canadiens to win at 2.95