With six straight road defeats under their belt, the Colorado Avalanche (4th in Central Division) will try to turn their traveling luck around while visiting the Montreal Canadiens (5th in Atlantic), who have lost three of their past four outings…
Avs Drop A Back-To-Back
The current five-date road trek of the Colorado Avalanche (20-16-8) went 0-2-0 following the first two outings after the team dropped a back-to-back set in a matter of 25-and-a-half hours. The Avs got thrashed 7-4 by the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday before losing 5-3 to the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome the following evening. Gabriel Landeskog (27 goals, 51 points this year) picked up a team-high four points (2 goals, 2 assists) throughout the pair of games, as Colorado went 1-6-2 in its last nine fixtures. The team sits 4th in the Central Division with 48 points from 44 contests, currently holding the 1st Wild Card of the Western Conference.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 12, 2019
Goalie Philipp Grubauer gave up six goals on 20 shots in Manitoba, taking his current performance status to 9-5-3 for the season with a 3.29 GAA and a .895 save percentage. He is 2-2-0 versus Montreal in past encounters with a 2.24 GAA and a .918 save percentage, while Semyon Varlamov (11-9-5 on the year with a 2.85 GAA and a .908 save percentage), who stopped 11 shots in Calgary, has posted a 6-0-1 career total against the Canadiens with a 2.45 GAA and a .926 save percentage. The Avalanche are 7th in most goals scored per game (3.43), 9th in most goals allowed on average (3.18), 5th in power play (25.9%) and 26th in penalty kill (75.5%).
Habs Lose In St. Louis
The Montreal Canadiens (23-17-5) lost for the third time in their last four contests (1-3-0) after dropping a 4-1 decision against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Thursday. Brendan Gallagher (17 goals, 26 points this year) netted the only strike for the Habs during power play midway through the second period, when the hosts were already leading 3-0. It was Montreal’s sixth defeat in the last 12 contests (6-6-0), as the team is currently occupying the 5th place of the Atlantic Division with 51 points from 45 matchups, just one point off a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
ICYMI: The Canadiens' two-game road trip ended with a loss to the Blues in St. Louis on Thursday night.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 11, 2019
Goalie Carey Price turned away 26 shots in St. Louis and has now gone 16-13-4 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.75 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He has registered a 5-4-1 career record against the Colorado Avalanche with a 2.79 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Canadiens, meanwhile, are scoring the 15th highest quantity of goals per game so far this season (2.96), while conceding the 12th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.09). They are bottom of the league in power play with a 12.8% success rate and 20th in penalty kill with 78.4% efficiency.
- Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Canadiens are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Avalanche are 1-8 in their last 9 overall.
- Avalanche are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The home teams have been a constant threat in this series, winning nine of the past 11 meetings, with the Canadiens notching four domestic victories against the Avs in the last five encounters in Montreal. This trend is definitely set to continue on Saturday, as Colorado has not found it easy to face teams with a winning record lately (1-4), while the Habs have thrived versus sides with a losing form, banking eight triumphs on the last 11 occasions.
Prediction: Montreal Canadiens
Full-Game Total Pick
Four of the past six meetings between the Canadiens and the Avalanche have all gone below the six-goal barrier, averaging just 3.5 snipes per fixture. So, do expect this one to tread the same path. The Canadiens have already gone under the total in four straight home games, in five consecutive outings against the Central Division and in their last six overall. That is pretty convincing!
Prediction: Under 6