NHL Picks: Canadiens vs. Hurricanes

David Lawrence

Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:53 PM GMT

Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013 12:53 PM GMT

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The Montreal Canadiens completely laid an egg in Long Island on Tuesday, so the question bettors will be asking themselves is if they want to the Habs in a similar road-dog roll on Thursday in Carolina? I’m one of those bettors and for me, the answer is yes, but that might not be the only play that im willing to offer up as one of my free picks in this contest.

Check out my NHL Picks of the Day article for more free plays.

Record: 70-82 (-942)

The Montreal Canadiens can win because…

Carey Price has played well on the road this season. Even with an awful performance on Tuesday where Price coughed up six goals, he’s still 5-1-1 on the road with a 1.81 GAA this season.

The Hurricanes will be at a severe disadvantage in net as Cam Ward is out. Either Dan Ellis or Justin Peters will be in and both are a downgrade in talent – even if Ward hasn’t been playing that well this season.

The Canadiens have won six of the last nine meetings between the teams. At even-money, NHL bettors should give them a look in this spot.

The Carolina Hurricanes can win because…

Montreal is in a funk defensively. Let’s face it: one of the reasons the Habs are at the top of the Eastern Conference standings is because their defense put them there. However, they’ve been giving up goals left, right and center of late as they’ve allowed 13 in their last three games. Something isn’t quite right with them and Carolina can capitalize.

The Hurricanes only have five less points than the Habs so the gap between the teams is not significant. What will help close it is the fact that the Habs have been jerky, alternating wins and losses over their last eight while the Hurricanes come into this contest winners of four straight.

Outlook & Pick 

I want to take the Habs in this spot and while I might sprinkle with them in a last-minute decision, I think the best options for our NHL picks in this game is the over. Both teams have been playing high-scoring contests. The Habs struggles we mentioned above but the Canes contests have averaged six goals per game over their last eight. I like the over. 

NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at BetOnline
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