Montreal Canadiens at Anaheim Ducks Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/3/2014
Wednesday, March 5, 10:00 PM on RDS, TSN, PT
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
On October 24, the Anaheim Ducks visited the Montreal Canadiens and were sent home 4-1 losers on the night. Even with the loss, this night was special for Saku Koivu. It is assumed he will retire at the end of the season and this might have been the last time that he would ever play hockey in Montreal. Koivu played for the Canadiens for 13 years before signing with the Ducks in 2009. The former Canadiens captain got a standing ovation at the end of the night.
By the end of the first period, the Canadiens were up 2-0 on goals by Tomas Plekanec and Michael Bournival. In the second period, the Ducks came out to try to even the score but couldn't get past Carey Price who had an outstanding game in goal with 31 saves. Patrick Maroon was able to score for the Ducks but that was all that Price gave up on this night. Anaheim also put themselves in a hole by picking up two penalties midway through the second period and with Mathieu Perreault and Cam Fowler spending time in the box, Brian Gionta was able to finish off a rebound to put the Habs up 3-0. Patrick Maroon was able to make the score 3-1 with a goal in the third but that was all that Price would give up.
In the most recent games between these two teams they are 2-2 against each other. The home team has won in both of the last two matchups. In those last four games, the "over" is 2-2. In other statistics, Montreal is averaging around 30 shots on goal while Anaheim is averaging 31 SOG when playing each other. Both teams have been playing well lately and Anaheim is finally playing better at home after losing 3 straight to begin the month of February.
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