The Colorado Avalanche head up to Quebec on Monday night to do battle with the Montreal Canadiens on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Let’s take a look and breakdown some key betting factors for this cross-conference contests in this Avalanche vs Canadiens Preview for Monday night in Montreal.
Rocky Mountain High
The Colorado Avalanche have been one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League, winning eight of their last ten games and earning at least one point in nine of their last eleven games, helping their causes in the NHL Playoff Picture in both the Central Division and Western Conference.
Forward Nathan MacKinnon, defenseman Cale Makar and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev all were recently named to the NHL All-Star Game on February 3rd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to represent the Central Division that weekend.
It’s the fifth appearance for MacKinnon, who leads the Avalanche in Goals with 22 and Points with 69. It’s the third appearance for Makar, who has 48 points in just 38 games played and the first for Georgiev, who has been sensational with a 24-9-2 record and a 2.89 goals-against average in 35 starts this year.
Habs Struggling to Hang?
The Montreal Canadiens have been struggling of late, losing four of their last five games overall, and it seems like this will be another NHL season where the loyal Habs faithful will have to see their club miss out on another postseason appearance unless they turn things around quick, fast and in a hurry.
With the injury bug taking out guys like forwards Alex Newhook and Josh Anderson, that’s only going to make things worse for a squad that ranks 28th in both goals scored and goals allowed. After this contest with Colorado, the Habs hit the road for three NHL games at New Jersey, Ottawa and at Boston.
Things will be very tough moving forward for head coach Martin St. Louis and the Canadiens over the next couple of weeks before the All-Star Break.
Avalanche at Canadiens Betting Odds
Sportsbooks have the visiting Colorado Avalanche NHL betting odds to win as large favorites against the hosting Montreal Canadiens on Monday night priced in the range around -210 to -225.
Colorado has won eight of their last ten games overall, earning at least one point in the NHL standings in nine of their last eleven contests.
Montreal has lost four of their last five games overall and 11 of their last 14 contests at home. Colorado has won five meetings in a row against the Habs.
Concluding the Avalanche vs Canadiens Preview: The total for this contest is set at 5.5 goals shaded to the Over between -120 and -125. Colorado has been trending to the Over in five of their last six games overall and in six of their last nine road contests, but against Montreal, the Under has cashed in seven of their last eight meetings.
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