It's a bad time to be a Duck and not an overly impressive time to be a Canadien either, so when the two teams meet at the Honda Centre on Wednesday night things have to get better for one and worse for the other.
teams in the weeds (one deeper than the other) will look on Wednesday night's
match as a chance to turn a corner, and get back on winning street. Montréal
have lost three of their last four and are 5-3-2 in their last 10 but the Ducks
look to be drowning (not dabbling), they've on a seven-game losing streak and
have lost 16 of their last 18 games, their last 10 reads 1-8-1.
can only get better (can’t they?)
very tempted to back a home victory in this one simply because streaks have to
come to an end and the Ducks’ bad run is long overdue, even if Anaheim have
allowed 4.22 goals per game (over eight of nine) at home. The top NHL picks
have a home win at +150 and away win also at +150 on the NHL Odds boards.
The Habs look shaky and they
will be without their goal leader; Max Pacioretty who is starting a three match
suspension. He’s sidelined for hitting Pittsburgh defenceman Kris Letang last
Saturday, but while admitting his error, isn’t going quietly.
blame is still on me; I made a bad decision," Pacioretty said, “but in slow
motion you see that his head was up and he saw me coming."
you remember the last time the Duck’s won?
Ducks will be very keen to see the back of this month, as November 2011 was one
of the worst months in team history. In their 12 games played so far in
November, they have seen just one victory, over the Vancouver Canucks way back on the
11th and that certainly wasn’t comfortable, in the end.
The Ducks had an
impressive (and out of character) four goal second period (and were 4-0 up going into
the third), but they nearly managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
as they shipped three goals without reply in the final period and had to endure
a 6-on-4 in the final minute to keep that all important fourth goal out.
are fifth in the Northwest and Anaheim are fifth and Pacific however Montréal
have collected 24 points thus far and the Ducks have only 16 points on the
will be looking to end November on a high and start winning games in December,
and the Habs could be just the team to help them out. There is some good news
for the Ducks as they have gone 4-0-1 over the last five meetings with the
Habs. In their only matchup in 2010-11, Bobby Ryan's shootout goal was the
difference in a 4-3 win back in January.
a pretty even split from Montréal on the road they are 6-5-0 while the Ducks at
home are a sorry 4-8-0. You might, if you like your numbers, want to make a small NHL betting play on the game ending drawn and heading into overtime at +275.
goals in this game, as in the 12 games the Ducks have played so far this month
we have never seen less than a three goal game, and in total there has been 76
goals, which averages out to 6.333 goals per November game. The sportsbooks have
Over 5.5 goals at +115 while Under 5.5 goals is at -135.
depressing losing streak the Ducks seem to have had little difficulty finding
the back of the net and in their horrible November they have only been shut out
once (a 0-5 loss to Detroit). The Canadiens have scored 32 goals in their 13
games this month and were only shutout once themselves.
The bookmakers seem to
think that the second period will be the busiest at +150 they also have the
third period been the busiest at +160. However if you want to make any real
money from betting on the highest scoring period, bet on the first at +225.
gut tells me that the Ducks need a win more, so they will work harder (and are due a
break from the Gods of hockey). “Winning makes everybody feel a little bit
better,” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. I think a win will make the Ducks
feel a LOT better.
A 3-2 home win to the Ducks which is available at +1000