NHL Picks: Bet A More Consistent Canadiens To Win Against Wild

Dana Lane

Saturday, March 12, 2016 8:55 PM GMT

Canadiens need to go on a long winning streak to get back in the playoff race but playing at home where they've had a lot of success. Wild are just two points out of the last wild card spot. 

Minnesota vs. Montreal
Without P.K. Subban it will be interesting to see how the Canadiens respond. There were some reports that Subban was not a good teammate, if true, his absence may have a positive effect. Subban is suffering a non-serious neck injury after a collision with Alexei Emelin. With Subban out today it will interrupt a 273 consecutive game streak. There is no time table for his return. 

The Canadiens have had a long season but they have put together a very respectable home record at 19-11-3. 

Offensively Montreal's, Alex Galchenyuk, has been on an absolute tear as he has racked up five points in his last two games and three straight games with at least two goals. He has outstanding vision and is creative with the puck. The third year pro will certainly be more of an offensive force as he matures in the league. Galchenyuk has 11 of his 25 total goals over his last eight games. 

Montreal has nine goals in their past three games with Galchenyuk scoring all but three, the last two resulting in Montreal victories. 

A team that's not putting the puck in the back of the net is the Minnesota Wild scoring just seven goals in their last four games. They are coming off a 2-1 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers, a team the Wild have owned historically.  Edmonton was missing four of their top six defensemen and the Wild still couldn't get the job done which led to John Torchetti putting his team through a more grueling practice than usual. 

In the post-game press conference Tochetti said his team thought they could win by just showing up. I'm not sure where a team out of the playoffs gets this unearned confidence against anyone but it ultimately is Torchetti's job to have his team ready. 

A couple of the Wild's top offensive players have been non-existent lately. Zach Parise has only one goal in his last 10 games and three over his last 24. 

Thomas Vanek has no goals and one assist over his last seven games. 

Jason Pominville has goals in his last five games against the Habs but he won't play because of a lower body injury, ending his personal streak of 231 consecutive games. 

No word on who is going to start in goal for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk was scratched from the Edmonton game due to an illness.  He allowed three goals on 16 shots in just over 30 minutes of work in their 4-2 loss to the St.Louis Sunday. 

The game after the Wild score two goals or less Minnesota is 4-12 in their last 16 games. 

Minnesota has now lost three straight at the Bell Centre where Montreal has won three in a row and 7-0-1 over their last 8 games. Let's add the Canadiens against the NHL odds for our sharp NHL pick.

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NHL Pick: Canadiens +127
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes