NHL Picks for Canadiens vs. Sharks: Back Habs on Money Line as Monday's Lock

Ross Benjamin

Monday, March 2, 2015 7:38 PM GMT

Our resident NHL handicapper examines tonight’s game between Montreal and San Jose. Can Montreal continue their torrid winning run or will San Jose snap out of their current downward spiral?

Canadiens Jumping into “The Shark Tank”
The San Jose Sharks entertain the Montreal Canadiens on Monday at 10:35 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at Bookmaker, Montreal is a -125 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the first meeting of the season between these clubs. San Jose won both games versus Montreal a season ago by scores of 2-0 and 4-0.

 

Go Habs Go!
The red-hot Montreal Canadiens enter tonight having won four in a row, and have gone an extremely profitable 24-9 in their last thirty-three games against the money line. Montreal has also won each of their last six on the road, and has gone an incredible 12-1 against the money line in their previous thirteen away games.

 

Price Having a MVP Type of Season
A major contributor to Montreal’s superb play has been the goaltending of Carey Price. He’s won each of his last four starts while posting an excellent .958 save percentage. As a matter of fact, Price is 14-2 in his last sixteen starts, and posted four shutouts during that time. Putting his whole body of work into proper perspective during this 2014-2015 NHL campaign, Price is 36-14 in fifty starts, and has compiled an outstanding .936 save percentage.

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Sharks Taking a Nose Dive
Contrary to tonight’s opponent (Montreal), the San Jose Sharks have been ice cold of late. They’ve lost three games in a row, are a dismal 3-10 in their last thirteen against the money line. The Sharks have scored two goals or less in five of their last six games. However, due to their shoddy defensive play, and less than stellar goaltending, the Sharks have seen just one of their previous eleven games stay under the total.

 

Playoffs in Jeopardy for San Jose
As a result of their recent woes, San Jose now finds itself in a precarious position regarding its playoff hopes. Heading into tonight, they trail both Calgary and Los Angeles by two points for third place in the Pacific Division, and each of those teams has one game in hand on the Sharks. If they fail to finish in the top three of their division, San Jose then must hope to earn a Western Conference wild card berth. In those regards, they trail Minnesota by five points for the final wild card spot, and the Wild also has one game in hand on San Jose.

 

Final Analysis
As I alluded to earlier, the Montreal Canadiens aren’t only playing terrific hockey right now, they’ve been just short of a NHL betting lock on the road of late. On the other hand, San Jose has gone a horrific 0-8 against the money line in their last eight games at home. I’m going to be keeping my thought process simple in this case, and go with the hot team versus the polar opposite club when making my NHL picks on Monday.

NHL Picks: Play on Montreal -125 on the money line over San Jose at Bovada.