The Burn Dog is back with another pair of NHL predictions from the Saturday hockey card starting with Montreal’s trip up the mountain to face their old legend, Patrick Roy and his Colorado Avalanche.
Here we go folks – its show time! It seems like every once in a while there is a doozy between these two hockey-mad cities and tonight is the night!
MONTREAL at COLORADO
Live Sportsbook NHL Odds: Avalanche -125 and 5 Over (-120)
My three-week winning streak had to come to an end sometime and today I’m looking to pick up the slack after last week’s debacle. Sorry Queef fans, no more Leafs games for me this year, unless they’re playing the Habs of course.
So where do I begin? How about with Patrick (I can’t take it anymore) Roy! He was my favorite goalie growing up. But when he stormed off the ice in December of `95 and quit on his team after allowing nine goals I turned to my autographed Roy poster, yanked it off the wall and ripped it to shreds. I now regret that BTW…. What??? I was a fresh, and always stoned 17 years young. How was I to know?
Anywho…. This should be a beauty. Avs (11-1) are coming off an impressive start of the season with only 18 goals against and that is just nuts but I’m not drinking that Kool-Aid just yet. This game is gonna be wacky tobacky. Say goodbye to stingy defence from both teams. Rocky Mountain high is going to be in full effect Saturday night!
Both teams played the night before and the Habs have won nine-straight in this spot including five consecutive victories on the road. Since 2006, Colorado has the third lowest win percentage in hockey without rest (27-53, .338) and this will be their first chance of the season to try and end an eight-game losing streak in the second-half of a back-to-back that started Feb. 24, 2013.
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Montreal is coming off a loss in Minnesota that reminded me of stinky poutine. Down 2-1 after two, the Habs gave up a quick goal in the third but managed to tie things up, only to lose 4-3 when Jason Pominville potted his second of the night with 5:28 remaining. Overall the Canadiens have allowed just five first period goals this season but those numbers jump to 12 and 10 goals against in the second and third periods respectively. Colorado’s balanced attack ranks sixth at 3.2 goals per game and the Habs may look to take advantage of Colorado’s new cannabis laws if they want to stay at a “high” level late in the game.
Pepsi Center is a familiar setting for Peter “The Beast” Budaj and he has a sparkling 0.50 goals against average in limited action this year but in recent starts in the Mile High City the former Av allowed three-plus goals 11 of 12 times. JS Giguere will start for Colorado, looking to extend a three-game Avalanche win streak over Montreal that dates back to Oct. 15, 2009.
The last eight games between these clubs have seen a total of 62 goals scored (7.8 GPG) and this creates a nice face value cushion against today’s NHL odds of 5 OV (-120). My advice is to sit back, grab a cold six pack of Pepsi and while you’re at it, take this game to climb over the posted total.
Chirper’s Pick: Habs and Avs OVER 5 goals -120 (****out of *****)
Squeaker Pick: Jets +133 on the moneyline