Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils – NHL Jan 6th

Article previews the Wednesday, January 6th game between the Montreal Canadiens and the New Jersey Devils.

By: Shane Lambert

The Montreal Canadiens lost on Tuesday night in a game that they played on the road in Philadelphia. Next up for the Canadiens are the New Jersey Devils, a game that the Habs will enter in pretty rough shape on Wednesday.

The last month has been a horrible one for those that support the Habs. Not only have Montreal lost the top-spot in the Atlantic Division, but they are also starting to look like a team that may not make the post-season. A timely return of Carey Price, if he’s up to his best hockey, will surely go a long way to redeem Montreal’s chances this season but his return date is not one with much clarity.

Ben Scrivens was the goaltender in net against the Flyers on Tuesday. The former Oiler made 27 saves in the 4-3 loss. Playing on back-to-back nights, you have to think that Mike Condon will be in goal for Montreal on Wednesday as the Habs host the Devils.

New Jersey themselves aren’t an elite team, but they are a strong clubs when playing on the road. Recently, NJ defeated the Ottawa Senators in a game from Canada’s capital 3-0, a very solid result.

Wednesday’s game in Monrtreal will start at 7pm ET and it will be the last meeting between these two clubs on the year. The clubs have exchanged 3-2 victories so far this season, but given the situtation that Montreal are in right now, it’s hard to picture the Habs being too competitive.

The Canadiens are favored at home at -145 (2/3) with SportingBet, but those odds appear to over-rate their chances. Better to go with NJ on the road with +133 (13/10) available with 888Sport.

Recommendation:

1-pt win on NJ to beat Montreal at +133 with 888Sport.