Montreal Canadiens vs. Canucks betting odds & handicapping preview March. 10th

Worst in the East vs. 2nd in the West on HNIC

The Vancouver Canucks finally resembled the elite team that we all know they are with a 45 shot effort in a win against Winnipeg on Thursday night. Now the Canucks face a team, the Montreal Canadiens that has had a season to forget but looked good themselves Thursday night with a 5-3 win in Edmonton.

Montreal Canadiens (26-32-10) at Vancouver Canucks (42-18-8)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 10, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: CBC
Habs vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+110)
Moneyline: Canadiens +209: Canucks -231
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

Although this is a mismatch on paper, Montreal should be fired up to defeat Canada’s undisputed Heavyweight Champion and to avenge a 4-3 loss at the hands of Vancouver earlier this season.

Montreal has been pretty bad all season but they sunk to a new low in February. March didn’t start all that great either – the Habs have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games and have slid to the basement in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Surprisingly, Montreal has been OK offensively, ranking 16th in the league in goals for.

It has been the defense and goaltending that have been letting them down.

The Canadiens have one of the hottest players in the league at the moment – Max Pacioretty joined the 30 goal club on Thursday night and has five goals and three assists during his current four game points streak.

Lars Eller has three points in two games and David Desharnais has eight points in six games. “Mr. Congeniality” PK Subban has also contributed offensively with six points in four games.

Franchise goaltender Carey Price has been terrible as of late – 1-6-0 with a 3.30 goals against average in his last seven starts and 1-2-0 with a 3.91 goals against in his last three. Vancouver won’t be much of a relief for Price on Saturday – he is 1-6-2 in his last nine starts versus the Canucks.

Vancouver is 2-2-2 in their last six games but they look to have broken their cycle of average play with a strong effort on Thursday. Still, the Canucks have some work to do in order to catch the St. Louis Blues atop of the Western Conference standings.

Vancouver needs their best players to snap out of their funk down the stretch and they will need Roberto Luongo to return to his mid-season form.

It is almost unfathomable to think that the Sedins have just one point between them in their last seven games. Henrik Sedin hasn’t recorded a point over that span and Daniel Sedin has just one assist!


Throw Mason Raymond and his zero points in five games into the “struggling club” and it is incredible that Vancouver is competitive at all.

Thank goodness for Chris Higgins who has three points in two games, Jannik Hansen and Sammy Pahlsson who each have two points in two games and the defense – Kevin Bieksa has five points in five games and Alex Edler has three goals in five games.

Another head scratcher has been the play of Roberto Luongo lately. Do he and the Sedins have the same therapist? Lou has given up at least three goals in three of his last five starts and is 0-1-0 with a 6.67 goals against average and .800 save percentage in his last two starts.

Canadiens vs. Canucks

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines & Handicapping

Its bounce back time for all of the Canucks Studs and the Canadiens just may be the remedy.

Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Canucks Betting Prediction

The Montreal Canadiens have lost eight of their last nine games in Vancouver and are 4-12-4 in the last 16 meetings between the two clubs.

The Vancouver Canucks are 11-3 in their last 14 Saturday games.

The Canucks looked nearly back to form on Thursday night and despite being blanked on the score sheet again, the Sedins and the struggling power play for that matter looked much better.

Vancouver has owned Montreal as of late and despite a superb effort in Edmonton the other night, the Habs just aren’t that good a team. It won’t be a great payday but it is a payday nonetheless.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -231

Here are some interesting Player Props for Saturday’s game:

Dan Hamhuis Points

Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal

Line = 1.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Daniel Sedin Goals

Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Ryan Kesler Shots on Goal

Line = 3.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Alex Burrows Goals

Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Vancouver Power Play Goals

Line = 0.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Montreal Shots on Goal

Line = 27.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Montreal Power Play Goals

Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

PK Subban Points

Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Zack Kassian Points

Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Maxim Lapierre Points

Line = 0.5 Over (2.40) | Under (1.20)

Chris Higgins Points

Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Game Links

Game 69 Canadiens vs. Canucks: The real Canadians
– NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Josh Hall runs down the Canucks Saturday night showdown against the Montreal Canadiens. Why is Alain Vigneault treating Kassian like Hodgson? Can Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin finally bump their slumps?

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