NHL Betting Cheat Sheet and Odds: Horrendous Habs to be tested

NHL Betting Cheat Sheet and Odds: Horrendous Habs to be tested

It’s a new year but the same old scoring problems for the Montreal Canadiens. Find out why things are looking so dreadful for Habs backers as the team heads into a difficult part of its schedule.

Canadiens Crumbling

Montreal scored its first goal in more than 130 minutes of play when the club lit the lamp with a 5-on-3 power play against the San Jose Sharks. The Habs wouldn’t score again and ended up losing 4-1 in front of their home fans.

The Canadiens are winless in their last five games and possess the worst puckline record at 11-29 in the NHL this season. Montreal ranks 29th in the league in scoring at 2.5 goals per game and the under is 8-1 in the club’s last nine contests.

It’s difficult to tell where the offense is going to come from whenever things do turn around. Max Pacioretty – Montreal’s leading goal scorer in each of the last five seasons – has one goal in his last 22 games and star defenseman Shea Weber isn’t expected to return until after the All-Star break.

The Habs play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night and the Boston Bruins three times over the next three weeks.

Quack Attack

The Anaheim Ducks are 5-1 in their last six games with two of those wins coming as +131 and +158 underdogs. Anaheim is benefiting from the play of forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell. Getzlaf has 16 points in 10 games since returning from a long injury absence while Rakell has seven goals and three assists in his last six games.

The Ducks were 27th in the league in goals for per game at 2.29 in November and saw an increase of half a goal in their output in December. The under is still 10-3 in their last 13 contests.

Anaheim travels to Alberta for a game against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Former sniper Corey Perry is expected to return to the Ducks lineup any day now. He’s missed the last 10 games with a lower-body injury.   

Injury Updates

* Nashville Predators’ leading scorer Filip Forsberg will miss the next four to six weeks with an upper-body injury.  Don’t you love the detailed descriptions NHL teams give us? Forsberg has 34 points in 37 games for the Preds this season. Nashville is expected to plug fourth-year forward Calle Jarnkrok into Forsberg’s place on the top line with Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson.

* Colorado Avalanche starting goalie Semyon Varlamov hasn’t played since Dec. 29 because of a “minor muscular injury.” Colorado is 2-0 in its last two games with backup Jonathan Bernier between the pipes.

Player News

* Vegas Golden Knights inked leading scorer Jonathan Marchessault to a new, six-year $30 million contract. The 27-year-old forward who was picked up from Florida in the expansion draft has scored 15 goals and tallied 22 assists in 35 games this season. He’s riding a seven-game point streak heading into Vegas’ game against St. Louis on Thursday.

* Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler is riding a four-game goal streak with six points in his last four games. The Jets went 3-1 in the four games and play the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Over/Under Trends

* The under is 11-1 in the St. Louis Blues’ last 12 games and oddsmakers are sticking with the 5.5-goal total. The total is set at 5.5 for the Blues’ game against the Golden Knights on Thursday night.

* The over is 12-3-2 in the New York Islanders’ last 15 games. The Islanders are the league’s best over bet with the over cashing in 26 of their 40 games.  

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