The season isn’t done yet, but I think for most of the Ducks, they wish that last night was their final game of the season. They continue to plunge into an abyss deeper and deeper. Their latest defeat came in Toronto last night, as the Maple Leafs made easy work of the Ducks with a 6-1 win at Scotiabank Arena. This was on the heels of a 9-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. In just two games, they have lost by a combined score of 15-4, yikes.
During this most recent losing streak, which currently includes four games, they’ve been outscored by a margin of 18-4. I don’t know how much longer the Ducks can go with Randy Carlyle as their bench boss. Frustration hit an apex last night after Jake Muzzin fired a laser past John Gibson from the point with only 2.2 seconds on the clock. Cameras picked up Carlyle telling Nick Ritchie to f-off after the goal. It was a lazy effort by Ritchie, but this team just doesn’t seem to be responding to Carlyle.
The loss against the Leafs was their 16th loss in the last 18 games. And to think that this team won nine of their last ten games before going on this epic landslide. John Gibson was benched last night after allowing his 5th goal. Chad Johnson filled in to allow another goal to give Toronto a 6-1 final.
Johnson is likely to get the starting nod in Montreal this evening. If the bleeding doesn’t stop for the Ducks, who are currently on the road until a home game on February 13th, Carlyle may not make it back home to Anaheim. This was the worst possible time for the Ducks to be on a road trip, but new scenery hasn’t appeared to help them get out of this funk. Head below for our free Ducks vs. Canadiens pick.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick
The Montreal Canadiens escaped against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday afternoon. They erased a 3-2 Edmonton lead with about 10 minutes remaining in the 3rd, and then somehow survived a 2-on-0 rush by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in overtime. They botched the attempt and you know what happened next. You can’t miss an opportunity like that and expect to win. It summed up the Oilers’ season perfectly.
In any event, it was a big 2 points for the Canadiens, who currently own a record of 29-18-6 for 64 points. Despite that, though, they are only 5 points removed from a tie with the final wildcard, the Blue Jackets. This isn’t any time to get comfortable for the Canadiens. Carey Price playing better over the last couple of months has proven big for Montreal.
He was out there looking like a backup early in the season, with a GAA that was well above 3.00. The highest paid goaltender in the league has since brought it down to 2.57 with a 0.915 save percentage. For a team that hasn’t been able to buy a goal, the Ducks are going to have to figure it out quickly.
They have scored less than 2 goals per game in their previous ten outings and 2 per game on the road. Conversely, the Canadiens have surrendered only 2.2 goals per game in their last ten games. They’ve allowed more than 3 goals just twice in that span. On a back-to-back and turmoil in the Ducks’ locker room, it’s hard to envision them coming out tonight ready to rock and roll. I don’t typically play bets that are this expensive on the moneyline, but I still seem some value here. The Canadiens look like -220 favourites to me in this spot. With that said, always maintain solid bankroll management regardless of the bet you’re making.