Saturday’s Game of the Night features an East vs. West matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks
In the 2013 debut of Pick Sixty’s featured NHL betting blog, Chirper’s Corner, the Burn Dog served it up fresh with a winning Over/Under play from the Habs and Flyers contest. Burner is back for Week 2 and what a surprise, he’s once again circled the Habs as “Must see TV!” Enjoy Ryan’s take on what is surely going to be popular game with online sportsbooks and all 7-11 Sports Action, Proline (or other) provincial sports lottery counters across the country.
CANADIENS at CANUCKS
Live Sportsbook NHL Odds: Canucks -130 and 5.5 Under (-129)
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All those Habs fans (myself included in the past) paying top dollar to see them play in Vancouver should have a doozy on their hands. After a lacklustre performance in a 3-2 loss against Cowtown followed by a turnaround game Thursday against the Coilers (4-1 W), Montreal faces a good challenge against the Canucks. Should be enough to stiffen their steamed hotdogs!
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Montreal is 4-2 in its past six road games against teams from the Canadian Northwest, outscoring the Canucks 7-3 the last two visits
The Canadiens will look to rebound with a hard forecheck and sticky play beneath the red line. Lou hates that kind of stuff, anything short side look out! He’s a lot like Swiss cheese on those kinds of plays. Tighten up Lou, because those Habs love filling them home town holes! For those who don’t know, Luongo was born and raised near Montreal. He won his first two starts against the Habs after coming over from Florida in 2006-07 but since then as just two more wins in seven games.
Montreal doesn’t have the greatest all-time record in Vancouver, possibly thanks to the great weed Van City has to offer but in the past six years they’re playing .500 hockey at Rogers Arena. As for the Canucks… Yikes! No show second line O.
Ryan Kesler was -1 with just two shots on goal in 18 and-a-half minutes during the 4-1 loss to the Sharks Thursday and tonight he should be pumped to play. Look for lots of energy early in this one. Special teams will decide it. Canucks five-on-five hockey is less to be desired thus far so give the Habs the edge in that department. Less penalties = Less goals.
Chirper’s Pick: Habs and Canucks UNDER 5.5 goals -129 (***out of *****)
Squeaker Pick: Penguins at Lightning, laying -1.5 (+309) with the Bolts (alternate line)