NHL Picks: Montreal's Front 3 the Weapons to Crush Islanders, Bet Canadiens +125

SBR Staff

Friday, November 20, 2015 4:29 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 4:29 PM GMT

The Montreal Canadiens have now gone a very mediocre 5-5 in their last 10 games and they haven’t won more than two games in a row over that stretch. Can they be our NHL pick?

The Price is Right on Time for the Canadiens
After jumping out to a perfect 9-0 start to their season, the Montreal Canadiens have now gone a very mediocre 5-5 in their last 10 games and they haven’t won more than two games in a row over that stretch. I guess it was bound to happen as they just couldn’t keep up the pace they were on. After missing more than two weeks of action, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is ready to head back between the pipes against the New York Islanders on Friday, where NHL odds makers are clearly favoring the home team.

Felled by a lower-body injury during the Habs' 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 29, the Canadiens have been cautious with Price's recovery. The Hart and Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender left Montreal to receive treatment for the unknown ailment and the team held him out of action until they were sure he was ready to go…and he is.

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John Tavares Scores Twice As Islanders Top Coyotes
On Monday night the New York Islanders grabbed a nice 5-2 win over the Coyotes and John Tavares had a big part in that as he scored twice, while also adding an assist in the game. Tavares has had a solid year overall so far as he now leads the team in goals with nine and points with 17 and he has played three games less than the rest of the team. The Islanders have been a strong offensive club his year as they rank 8th in scoring, putting up 2.8 gpg, but they are very average on the power play, where they rank 16th.

Jaroslav Halak picked up the win vs the Coyotes and he has now gone 5-5- on the year, but with a solid 1.90 GAA. The win snapped a three game losing streak for him in which his mates scored just one goal in each game. It was nice to see them put up five goals in this one. Halak should get the start here and he is 4-2 with a 2.19 GAA in his career vs the Canadiens. The Islanders have been a solid defensive squad this year as they come in ranked 6th in the league in goals allowed (2.3 gpg) and 7th on the penalty kill.  

 

Trends
Montreal is:7-2-1 in their last 10 vs the Islanders

New York is:7-3 in their last 10 games playing on three or more days rest &11-5 in their last 16 Friday games

That struggling defense will get a huge lift as Price makes his first appearance since sustaining a lower-body injury Oct. 29 in Edmonton. Last season's NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner is 7-2-0 with a .936 save percentage this season. Price is 5-1-0 with a .955 mark in his last six starts against New York. Make Montreal you NHL pick.

NHL Pick: Canadiens +120 at Bet365

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