Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Avalanche versus the Canadiens? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. In this non-conference matchup, the Avalanche are the betting favorite against Canadiens. The over/under for the game is 6.5 goals.

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS MONTREAL CANADIENS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Montreal Canadiens +1.5

This game will be played at Bell Centre at 7:00 ET on Monday, January 15th.

WHY BET THE MONTREAL CANADIENS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Canadiens to come out on top with a final score of 4-2.
  • We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+186)
  • The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Avalanche Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

So far this season, the Avalanche have gone 28-12-3, putting them in 2nd place in the Central Division and 3rd in the Western Conference. On the road, Colorado has gone 10-7-3, including a current three-game winning streak away from home.

When favored this season, the Avalanche have gone 25-10-3, including a two-game winning streak as the favorite. Over their last three games, Colorado has gone 3-0, and they have won four of their last five games.

On the road this season, the Avalanche have gone 7-13 vs. the puck line and have a puck line record of 21-22 overall. So far, Colorado has 20 wins by multiple goals and an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game.

Over their last ten road games, the Avs have gone just 2-8 vs. the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is -.2 goals per game. As the favorite, Colorado is 18-20 vs. the puck line and has a puck line win streak of two games.

This season, Colorado’s games have an average of 6.8 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.3. The Avalanche come in with an over/under performance of 24-17-2.

The Avalanche are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 3-0 straight-up.

Offensively, the Avalanche come into the game at 3.7 goals per contest placing 2nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 5th position in the league. Coming into the game, the Avalanche have a 18-7 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 8-5.

The leading scorer for Colorado’s offense is Nathan MacKinnon. Coming into the game he has 23 goals, ranking 9th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 46 assists so far.

Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 30th in takeaways, averaging 5.1 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.

Heading into this matchup vs. Montreal, goalie Alexandar Georgiev has started 35 games in this season. His current record is 24-9, and his save percentage stands at 0.99%.

Will Montreal Find a Way to Win at Home?

At home this season, Montreal has gone 8-12-3 and has dropped two straight games. Against the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens are 9-12 and are in 13th place in the standings.

Overall, Montreal has gone 17-19-7, which puts them in 6th place in the Atlantic Division. As the underdog, the Canadiens have gone 14-18-7, and for the year, they have gone 3-1-0 when favored.

Montreal enters the game with a puck line record of 26-16 on the season, including a mark of 12-10 at home. So far this year, the Canadiens have 12 wins by more than one goal and have dropped 12 games by multiple goals. In their last ten games at home, the team’s puck line record is 7-3.

As the underdog, Montreal has a puck line record of 26-12, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is at -0.8 goals per game. In their last five games, the Canadiens have gone 3-2 against the puck line, and their average scoring differential at home this year is at -1.0 goals per game.

For the season, Montreal’s games have finished with an average of 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.3. Overall, the Canadiens have an over/under record of 21-20-1.

In their last three road games, Colorado has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game this season, putting them in the 28th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 28th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Canadiens offense is 20th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 13th in the NHL.

Montreal’s leading goal scorer is Cole Caufield. So far this season, he has 12 goals, placing him 95th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 17 assists so far.

Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 30th in takeaways, averaging 5.1 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.

Entering the game, goalie Jake Allen has started 14 games this season. His current record stands at 4-8, and his save percentage is 0.583%.