NHL Preview and Free Pick: Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks
The Montreal Canadiens are in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, and they’ll be
looking to close out their three-game West Coast swing on a high note when they face off with the
Anaheim Ducks tonight. The Ducks are in the back of the pack in the Western Conference, but the team
has shown signs of life while winning two of the last three.
Date/Time/TV: Fri. March 8, 10:00 PM EST, ESPN+
Money Line: Montreal Canadiens -105, Anaheim Ducks -105
The Canadiens were in action last night in San Jose, falling by a score of 5-2 to the Sharks. The
team’s California trip started on Tuesday in Los Angeles with a 3-1 win. For the season, Montreal is
36-24-7 with 79 points. They’re currently in 8th place in the east, just two points ahead of the 9th
place Columbus Blue Jackets.
The season has been long and trying for the Ducks. The team has suffered through a number of
lengthy losing streaks this season. The bottom was reached during an excruciating 12-game winless
run from December into January. The team checks in with a record of 26-33-9 with 61 points, which
leaves them one spot out of the basement in the west.
Montreal slogged through a four-game losing streak last month, but they have turned things around
for the most part while going 5-5 (4-4-2 O/U) over their last 10 outings. The team has been pretty
strong on the road this season with a record of 17-13-3 so far.
Carey Price is expected to get the nod this evening. He’s 28-19-5 with a 2.51 GAA and .917 save
percentage. Price has wins in three of his last five while allowing 10 goals. Brendan Gallagher leads
the team with 30 goals, while Max Domi tops the team with 38 assists.
Anaheim has looked a little better of late while going 4-6 (3-7 O/U) over the last 10. The Ducks have
victories in two of their last three, but that came on the heels of a five-game losing streak. The home
ice hasn’t been much of an advantage this season, as the team is just 13-12-8 on the year.
John Gibson has the probable tag for the Ducks tonight. He brings a record of 18-21-8 to the table
with a .914 save percentage and 2.92 GAA. Gibson is 1-4 over his last five with 15 goals allowed.
Jakob Silfverberg leads the way with 18 goals, while Ryan Getzlaf is tops with 28 helpers.
Canadiens vs. Ducks Prediction
These two clubs hooked up last month in Montreal with the hosts skating to a 4-1 win. The
Canadiens have won three of the last four over the Ducks. Over the last 10 meetings, the teams are
deadlocked at 5-5.
While the Canadiens suffered a loss on the road last night and may have some tired legs, they simply
have more to play for tonight. We’ll take the visitors to bounce back with a win.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks Pick: Montreal Canadiens -105