The Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens meet Monday in NHL action at the Bell Centre. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 42 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 51 assists and Evan Rodrigues has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 122 goals on 1,4882 shots faced, and Pavel Francouz has given up 38 goals on 470 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Cole Caufield leads Montreal with 26 goals, Nick Suzuki has 28 assists and Josh Anderson has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 73.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 126 goals on 1,248 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 91 goals on 957 shots.
The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 22-7 in their last 29 Monday games. The Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 49-104 in their last 153 overall. The under is 19-6-3 in Avalanche last 28 road games. The over is 7-2-1 in Canadiens last 10 home games. The Avalanche are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. The favorite is 17-5 in the last 22 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche have been a tough out on the road lately, and they’re light years the better team here overall regardless. The Montreal Canadiens still don’t play much defense, and playing at home doesn’t help them much. While past meetings have been close, I can’t get behind the Habs. Give me the Avs and the PL for max betting value.