The Canadiens are on the road to play the Carolina Hurricanes tonight PNC Arena hosts an NHL battle on the odds menu between these two. Heritagesports has not only the best selection of perks but also the greatest selection of bets in the industry. Check out the best NHL betting lines, here we give you five things to consider for this game:
Alex Galchenyuk and Andrei Markov have registered at least one point in each of the past six games. Galchenyuk has three goals and five assists in that span, and is in the top 10 in the NHL scoring race with six goals and 12 assists. Markov has two goals on six assists in the past six games.
Alexander Radulov, who has played a key role in Galchenyuk’s success, will miss a second game because of illness but coach Michel Therrien hopes he’ll be ready to face Toronto Saturday night. The only lineup changes will probably be in goal as Al Montoya gets the start in the first game of the back-to-back set. Carey Price will face the Leafs.
The Canadiens have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season with a 3-2 loss in Chicago Sunday and a 4-3 overtime loss to Florida Tuesday, but they still have a league-best 13-2-2 record. Carolina has won two consecutive games for the first time this season with a 5-1 win over Washington and a 1-0 shutout of San Jose, but they are well back in the standings at 5-6-4.
Bickell determined to return: Hard-working forward Bryan Bickell is out of the Carolina lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bickell, who was part of three Stanley Cup-winning teams in Chicago, said he was shocked but is hopeful he can resume playing. He has been encouraged by Calgary Flames goaltending coach Jordan Sigalet who played four pro-seasons after being diagnosed with MS in college.
The Canadiens won’t have to worry about being intimidated by the home crowd because the Hurricanes have the lowest attendance in the NHL for the second consecutive season. The team is averaging 11,189 fans a game, which represents 59.9 per cent of capacity at PNC Arena. No other team draws fewer than 12,000 fans
The Hurricanes sit at 5-6-4 on the season; in comparison, the Montreal Canadiens are currently 13-2-2. Looking to wager on the totals? Carolina is 8-5-2 OU, and Montreal is 6-6-5 OU. Get all the latest Betting and Sport News updates on your social media outlets. Find us on both Facebook and Google+!
The game also pits Carolina’s No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 2.6 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.24 goals allowed. The Hurricanes power play is averaging 19.15% while the Canadiens defense kills off 82.09% of their penalties.
Montreal was a 4-3 loser in its last match at home against the Panthers. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.
Carolina was a 1-0 winner in its last match at home against the Sharks. They won as favorites, while the total score of 1 made winners of UNDER bettors.
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