It was a weak effort by the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, as the Nashville Predators skated past them for a 4-1 win. P.K. Subban wasn’t leaving Montreal without a win and the Predators rallied around him to put forth a complete effort at the Bell Centre. The Predators are in Toronto tonight, while the Canadiens hope to shake the loss off against the Minnesota Wild on Monday.
Montreal enters in a pretty good position at 22-15-5 but are going to be in for a fight to reach the playoffs. Thanks to the Predators, the Canadiens are currently a point out of the final wildcard. That spot is taken by the Sabres at the moment, who have slid back after going on a ten-game winning streak. Suddenly they look like a team who could be sitting way back come the spring.
The next closest team to the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference is the Hurricanes, who are ten games out of the playoffs. The Canadiens, Sabres, Bruins, and Islanders are all within 2 points of one another. Like usual, it’s going to be a wild ride towards the end of the season in the NHL.
There isn’t going to be much separating some teams. Every point is meaningful, especially for a team like the Canadiens. They’ve certainly already played above expectations to this point, same goes for the Sabres, but once you get a taste of success people want more.
It’s a marathon not a sprint, though, and the Canadiens are hoping that they didn’t wear out too early in the race. The Wild go into Montreal with a record of 20-17-2. They’re coming off two straight wins against the Maple Leafs and Senators on the road. The road trips continues in Montreal tonight and then concludes in Boston tomorrow. Get our free Wild vs. Canadiens pick below.
Minnesota Wild vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick
The Wild were losers of five games in a row before ending the skid in Winnipeg. Beating the Jets in Winnipeg can help get a team out of a funk. They are winners in three of their previous four games. It hasn’t been the most enjoyable part of the schedule for the Wild, though. They have been on the road for four of their last five games, and are playing on a back-to-back in Boston tomorrow.
Playing well during difficult parts of the schedule, but the Wild are such a hot and cold team that they could easily give it all back. The Canadiens played six games in a row on the road, before returning home for three straight games in Montreal.
Despite two wins in a row for the Wild, they’ve notched just 2.3 goals per game while allowing 2.6 in their previous ten games. On the road, they are scoring 2.65 goals per game compared to 3.14 goals per game for the Canadiens. Carey Price allowed 3 goals against the Preds in his last outing, but has looked better recently after a dismal start by his standards.
He holds a 2.76 GAA and 0.908 save percentage going into tonight. The Wild have dominated this series with eight wins in a row over the Canadiens. How long can that go on for, though? I think they have the Wild in a good spot tonight. They’ve been on the road for all of 2019 and have to head to Boston following this contest. And after the Predators swallowed them up on Saturday night, expect a better effort from the Canadiens tonight. Take a look at the Habs on Monday if you are looking for a hockey bet.