Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Avalanche vs. Canadiens NHL Odds
Looking for Colorado Avalanche vs. Montreal Canadiens free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Avalanche taking on the Canadiens on Thursday, December 5th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Avalanche Canadiens matchup.
(17-8-2) Colorado Avalanche vs. Montreal Canadiens (12-10-6)
Date: Thursday, December 5th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Avalanche +102 Canadiens -112
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Canadiens -Off
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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Colorado did a nice job staying afloat while missing 2 of their top 3 scorers to injury. That’s especially true as of late as the Avalanche have a 4-game winning streak riding into Montreal.
Montreal is trending on the other side of that spectrum, posting just 2 wins over their last 10 games. Montreal’s win on Tuesday actually broke an 8-game losing streak.
Colorado has one of their key components back as Mikko Rantanen returned to the lineup last Saturday after missing over a month. He promptly notched a goal and 3 assists vs. the ‘Hawks and has 5 points in 2 games since returning.
The Avs’ are still without Gabriel Landeskog, but his return seems like just a matter of days – possibly even against the Canadiens. Either way, the Avalanche offense looks like the one that started the season as they have posted 19 goals total in the last 4 games.
What marked Colorado’s start to the season was winning in high scoring games. The total wasn’t set as of publishing time Wednesday but the Avs defense has been much better as of late. Colorado has held 4 of 7 opponents to 2 goals or fewer.
One thing working against Colorado on Thursday is that they will be playing on 0 days rest – it’s the reason for the delay in releasing the lines. It also means #1 starter Philipp Grubauer will be out after getting the W vs. Toronto Wednesday.
Pavel Francouz will go Thursday but he’s been solid as a backup, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.48 GAA and a .924 save percentage. It’s a good matchup vs. struggling Montreal as well.
Can the Canadiens build on the momentum of their win over the Islanders on Tuesday? The victory did come as -125 favorites, but also snapped an 8 game losing streak for Montreal.
Montreal’s skid of defeats wasn’t necessarily caused by bad offense – they did have three games of 4+ goals in the last six. The #29 ranked defense in goals against is not something you want to have vs. Colorado though.
One thing working against Montreal on Thursday is that they also have a game Friday vs. the Rangers. The tilt vs. New York is much more winnable, so do the Canadiens sacrifice the Colorado game – even though the Avs are on 0 days rest?
How Claude Julien plays this one will determine who takes the net for the Canadiens. He may want to keep momentum with Carey Price, who just snapped a 6-game losing streak Tuesday, albeit while facing just 23 SOG.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Avalanche are 1-5 last 6 in Montreal
- Over is 5-2 last 7 H2H in Montreal
- Home team is 7-0 last 7 meetings
- Favorite is 4-0 last 4 meetings
Free Montreal Canadiens vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Prediction:
The Avs should have value here. They are the better team but the price tag may be lowered as Colorado is on the back-to-back. It’s the situation Washington was in Wednesday with 0 days rest vs. the Kings but the Caps’ pulled that one out 3-1.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Avs +1.5
One win does not mean Montreal is ‘back.’ – especially if Colorado gets Landeskog in a return to the ice.
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