The Montreal Canadiens (23-18-3) are hoping a return to the road will help them get back on track in the first of two games against Central Division opponents, when they visit the St. Louis Blues (25-15-7) on Saturday.
The Canadiens find themselves as small 23-20 road underdogs (+115, bet $100 to win $115) at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark versus the Blues, who are 20-27 home favorites (-135, bet $135 to win $100) and looking to win for the third time in four games.
Montreal is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday as a, 11-10 (+110) home underdog and will be visiting the Windy City in a rematch at the United Center on Sunday.
The Blues are 14-8-3 on home ice this season and surprisingly lost to the Hurricanes, 4-1, on Thursday, with goaltender Brian Elliott making 21 saves before giving way to rookie Jordan Binnington in the third period. Binnington, a third-round pick of St. Louis in 2011, stopped three of the four shots he faced in relief.
Center Jori Lehtera tallied his fifth goal of the year for the team’s lone score, marking the third straight game he has notched a point.
The Canadiens are 11-10-1 on the road and have really struggled overall since the beginning of December. They are just 4-14 in their last 18 games, according to the Odds Shark NHL Database, with three of the wins taking place in their past seven.
Offense was a problem for Montreal during its recently completed three-game homestand, as the team scored only four goals and lost twice. The total went under in all three games and is 11-5 in the team’s previous 16.
Fortunately for the Habs, they are playing an opponent they have enjoyed some success against recently. They have won the past three meetings, with each of them decided by three goals.
The Blues had won the previous five games between the teams, two of which took place at home. Montreal won the most recent meeting at the Scottrade Center, 5-2, last February 24 and followed it up with a 3-0 home victory on October 20.