Wednesday night in the NHL features a few games as usual, with a decent slate on tap tonight. I incorrectly said last night was Wednesday in my article, but I swear, tonight is actually Wednesday. In any event, we won last night so no matter the day, it was a profitable evening. We’re going to Colorado where the surprise Avalanche are looking for more against the Montreal Canadiens. Much has been made of how well the Jets and Golden Knights have played this season, but the Avalanche should be included in that group of surprising units.
Heck, the Carolina Hurricanes are playing like a team who might sneak into the playoffs as well. Many thought the Knights and Avs would be battling it out for the 1st overall selection in the draft. The way it’s going, we may see both of them competing in the playoffs instead. The Avalanche currently hold a record of 30-21-3, good enough for 4 points behind a wildcard. There is some work for them to do, more than Vegas, but they’ve already exceeded expectations and are playing with house money.
The Canadiens on the other hand are having a year they want to forget. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for them, and Habs’ fans will look back to the P.K. Subban trade as a trigger for their downfall. They were stumbling then, but trading Subban away may have been the prick that burst the bubble for the Canadiens.
The Habs enter Wednesday evening with a record of 22-26-4, way off the pace to compete for the playoffs. They recently lost to Subban’s new team, the Nashville Predators, by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night. The Canadiens will be heading into Denver with plenty of rest, as that was their previous game on the schedule. The Avs are coming off a 5-4 win over the Sabres on Sunday, so they’ve had an extra night to rest. Head below for our free Canadiens vs. Avalanche pick on Wednesday night in the NHL.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Colorado Avalanche Pick
The Habs have won just two games in their last seven, as they’ve continued to struggle to find a rhythm on offence. The offence most definitely needs some help in the offseason. They get stuck in mud just far too often. Note that the Canadiens are 29th in the league, averaging just 2.58 goals per game. With that said, when the defence is allowing 3.07 goals per game, it’s going to make for an ugly record. The Canadiens have been particularly ugly on the road this season, as they’ve won just eight games, a record of 8-16-0. In their last nine attempts on the road, the Canadiens have won just one, which was a 3-2 win over the Capitals. The Canadiens have gone 1-4 in Denver in their last five attempts.
For the Avalanche, they’ve only gotten better since parting ways with Matt Duchene. The whole situation was a distraction with Duchene wanting out, but I don’t think anyone thought they’d be looking at the playoffs with him gone. The offence has actually done quite well, as they’ve averaged 3.15 goals per game for 7th in the NHL.
This was a team who were dead last a year ago, averaging just 2.01 goals per game. Another wrench in the road for the Avs was the unexpected departure of Patrick Roy. With a year under the belt of their bench boss, Jared Bednar, there seems to be much more cohesiveness in Denver. It should be a close game, but I like the Avs to edge out the Canadiens on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.
PICK: AVALANCHE (-115)