NHL Betting: Red-Hot Canadiens to Silence Resurgent Kings


Montreal Canadiens vs Los Angeles Kings

Surging Montreal have dropped only a single point in the last ten games and have become part of a breakaway group of three clubs at the front of the East.

Challenging their form this evening at Bell Centre and riding their own three-match run are the Los Angeles Kings. Both teams are averaging exactly two goals against per game on the year so expect a tense affair for the purists with fewer than 4.5 tallies set at 1.90.

Central to the outcome is the goaltending duel between Ben Scrivens and Carey Price. Each has been simply outstanding and the former leads all regular netminders in every major stat category. How the two sets of defencemen compete will be very intriguing.

With LA's more disciplined approach reflected in Scrivens' numbers, Darryl Sutter has moulded Drew Doughty into an exceptional all around D-man at the cost of some production. In the other corner, meanwhile, you have the exuberant PK Subban who loves to take chances to make big plays.

Give the offensive edge to Montreal courtesy of their greater depth as no forward outside the Kings' top six has more than 8 points; individually Tomas Plekanec has the hot hands. Far be it from me to go against the Canadiens right now and take advantage of the fact they don't get as much credit at home in the odds as some of the other leading squads.

 

Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks

Familiarity is breeding contempt between Dallas and the Chicago Blackhawks as they prepare for what will already be their fourth meeting of the season.

The Stars progressed from a heavy regulation loss in the first meeting to a shootout defeat in the second and, finally in their third contest, managed to defeat the league leaders. They come in having taken at least a point from their last five.

Before a demolition of Florida, the Blackhawks had gone three games without a win that included that defeat to the Stars. Their unbeaten road run was ended two days later and Joel Quenneville has been fielding questions concerning the juggling of his forwards.

Antti Raanta has played very well in relief of Corey Crawford so far but now must be ready for an extended run between the pipes in light of Crawford's injury. Snapping a cold streak with a hat trick last game is how Tyler Seguin rolls, and also for Dallas look out for rookie wing Valeri Nichushkin on the back of seven points in his previous three outings. The 6"4 18 year old has a bit of everything and is only growing in confidence on their top line.

The Stars have taken some other big scalps at home this campaign and are worth taking on out at 3.05.

 

Best Bet: Montreal Canadiens to win at 2.20.

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