Colorado Avalanche at Montreal Canadiens 10/18/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 10/17/2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre in Montreal
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Saturday night, the puck will drop at the Bell Centre as the Colorado Avalanche visit the Montreal Canadiens.
The Colorado Avalanche took the loss in their last game on Thursday night after blowing a huge lead. The Avalanche quickly opened up a 2 - 0 lead on the Ottawa Senators. Despite an Ottawa goal, Colorado added a third goal and was still up 3 -1 at the end of the 1st period. Then things went downhill for the Avalanche. They didn’t score another goal as Ottawa posted 4 unanswered in the final 2 periods to take a 5 -3 victory. Against a good team like the Canadiens, the Avalanche can’t afford a defensive breakdown like that. If Colorado gives Montreal some good looks at the net, they will make the Avalanche pay.
The Montreal Canadiens will be coming off a solid 6 - 4 win over the Boston Bruins Thursday night. The Habs started slow against the Bruins and found themselves in a 3 - 2 hole midway through the 2nd period. But Montreal woke up and scored 2 late goals to take a 4 – 3 lead at the end of the 2nd. They added 2 goals to the Bruins one in the 3rd to come away with the win. If Montreal can start strong against a Colorado team that suffered some defensive lapses late in their last game, another Canadiens’ win could be on the horizon.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends
Colorado Avalanche are 1-4-0 Against the Spread
Colorado Avalanche are 1-4-0 against the Over/Under
Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends
Montreal Canadiens are 4-1-0 Against the Spread
Montreal Canadiens are 4-1-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
10/16/14 GO Reto Berra Head injured last game, "?" Saturday vs Montreal
10/16/14 GO Semyon Varlamov Groin out indefinitely
10/06/14 RW Jesse Winchester Concussion out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Patrick Bordeleau Back out indefinitely
No injuries to report at this time
Josh's Pick: Take Montreal
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