An uncharacteristic poor effort from the Washington Capitals doomed them from the start. It isn’t often that you see Braden Holtby struggle, but he got taken for a ride against the Stars. Holtby allowed 3 goals on 8 shots, as he ultimately got the yank and sat down on the bench. You don’t see that every day. It was one of those nights for the Capitals, albeit a rare night off at the office.
The Stars got on the board quickly and never looked back. It’s exactly what they needed to perhaps springboard a run to the playoffs. Despite the huge win though for the Stars, they still have a lot of work to do to make the postseason.
We hit a rut with our pick last night. I should say, it’s been a series of ruts to start out the month of May. Out like a lion in February, in like a lamb for the start of March apparently. We are still up comfortably on the season, and should be heading into the playoffs.
Tonight we head to Vancouver, where the red hot Montreal Canadiens head to Vancouver for a night date with the Canucks. Out of nowhere, the Canadiens decided to turn the afterburners on, as they’re currently on a five-game winning streak, with six wins in their last seven games.
Hot and cold is one way to describe the Canadiens. One week they’re looking like not only a playoff team, but a playoff contender. Other weeks it looks like they will have to pull some strings behind the scenes to get some new blood in here for a chance.
Right now the Habs aren’t worrying about any of that, but I still stand by an earlier statement I made about them: they’re going to need to make a trade. That time has come and gone. The only real news was that Alexandre Burrows almost became a Canadien. In any event, let’s jump right into our NHL pick for tonight.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick
This is a classic case of one team on a roll, and the other sputtering. While the Canadiens have gone 6-1 in their last seven outings, the Canucks have won only two games in that span. Nevertheless, they have won their last two games, so there is that. This will be their first game at home since the 28th where they lost to the Red Wings. Goal scoring has been the main issue for this team, who have scored 2.10 goals per game in their last ten games, and 2.28 goals overall, 28th in the league. There isn’t much of a secret here, there isn’t any firepower to go around on the Canucks.
Carey Price has been playing much better hockey of late. He hit a bit of a snag, but mellowed out and steered the ship in the right direction. The Habs have allowed just 2 goals in their last three games, including an average of 1.4 allowed in their last five games. With only 1.90 goals per game in their past ten games, it exemplifies what I meant by them needing to make a move at the trade deadline to bring in some offence. There shouldn’t be too much in the way of scoring tonight. For our Canadiens vs. Canucks pick, we like this game to go UNDER the total.
PICK: UNDER 5 GOALS (-115)