Montreal at Detroit -140 O/U 5.5
Tough spot for the road team here as the Montreal Canadiens travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings. Montreal played an intense game against their arch rival Boston Bruins last night and saw a 1-0 lead evaporate in the third period as Boston scored three unanswered goals in the final stanza to come away with a 3-1 win. Montreal has been a team I’ve been looking to play against in certain spots following the announcement that goalie Carey Price would miss time due to injury. The Canadiens simply aren’t going to be as good without Price regardless of whether it is Mike Condon or tonight’s starter Dustin Tokarski (.846 save percentage in limited) in net. The Habs are just 1-4 in their last five games, cooling off significantly after a red hot start. They’ve scored two goals or less in five straight games and must now face a surging Red Wings squad which has collected at least a point in 11 straight games. Detroit still has a couple players on the injury list namely Teemu Pulkkinen and Drew Miller but they are still as healthy right now as they have been all season. Stalwart veterans Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are both healthy and on the ice at the same time which is something that didn’t regularly happen for this squad last season. They are also getting a boatload of contributions from their younger players with Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar playing extremely well as well as rookie center Dylan Larkin who has been an absolute beast with 11 goals and 22 points. They are getting quality goaltending most nights from the Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard duo as well. The betting markets have brought the price on Detroit down from -160 to as low as -135 which now makes the home favorite playable.