Two of the hottest teams in the NHL’s competitive North division will face-off Monday evening in a rematch of a mini-series from one week ago.
There may still be some lingering feelings from Montreal’s dismantling of Vancouver last week, and now that the Habs hold home-ice advantage for tonight and tomorrow’s contest, you do have to wonder if these games will result in even more titled ice in favour of the Canadiens.
Montreal easily disposed of Vancouver the last two times these teams met, and in the three-game series – the Habs put up a staggering 17 goals. Vancouver struggled with Montreal’s overall depth and team speed, conceding five of six points in the process.
And though Vancouver has bounced back against Ottawa, it will be a big step-up going back to take on a dominant Montreal squad. The Habs have controlled play in virtually every game so far, and as they continue to chase down Toronto for that coveted top-spot in the division, Montreal won’t be keen on slipping up.
The pitchforks were already out after the early season swoon in Vancouver, but recent wins over the lowly Senators and Jets have seen this squad starting to find its footing. Thatcher Demko has offered up some solidity between the pipes, though it’s likely we’ll be seeing veteran netminder Braden Holtby on Monday night. He’ll be opposed by Carey Price.
With the proximity of all Canadian teams in the standings right now, it surely has produced some intense games. Every match-up has those playoff vibes, and even without fans in the building – we’re still seeing some real edge to these match-ups. Continue reading beneath the posted odds for our prediction and betting analysis on this crucial Montreal vs. Vancouver showdown. Enjoy!
Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Odds:
Vancouver Canucks (+140)
@ Montreal Canadiens (-160)
Over 6 (-120)
Under 6 (+100)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick:
For all of the pre-season hype surrounding the Montreal Canadiens coming into the 2021 campaign, they’ve somehow exceeded it through the first month. Coming off of their first regulation loss of the season, the Habs will be seeking quick redemption against a team they’ve soundly dominated before, in the Vancouver Canucks.
Though Montreal lost 2-0 their last time out vs. Calgary, they were by far the superior team throughout, which is becoming a common theme for this speedy group. The Habs controlled chances, shots, and expected goals against the Flames, and had it not been for exceptional goaltending from Jacob Markstrom – the Habs would’ve continued their impressive run.
The Habs were seen as somewhat of a dark-horse entering the year, though they’ve clearly established themselves as one of the best clubs in the league. They boast a physical defense, to go along with excellent depth and scoring options up front. Montreal underwent many changes in the off-season, though it seems to be paying off quite a bit in the early weeks.
The Canucks haven’t been playing all that well, and their puck possession numbers are too low for a club that seeks consistent success. They’ve been getting unsustainable puck luck and exceptional goaltending from Thatcher Demko, though it is believed that Holtby will take the net Monday vs. the Habs.
Vancouver has struggled especially with their defensive play, and though they have proven over the years to have the potential to be an exciting offensive club when given chances – the Habs suffocate the opposition, and won’t concede too many quality opportunities against. This is a step-up in class for a Canucks team that is noticeably behind the top of this North division, and look for the depth of the Habs to overwhelm Vancouver for the third time in the past two weeks. Don’t let a -160 home price on Montreal deter you from backing the Habs in this spot, as the gap between these squads indicate the line could be even higher.