Montreal started the season on a positive note for the first time in many years and needs to keep up the tempo with a victory over the NY Rangers. It was home ice advantage that propelled them to a string of victories and tonight they will once again enjoy the support of their fans and the advantage of playing in a familiar venue.
Match: Montreal vs NY Rangers
Odds: Unibet 2.35
Seven victories in eleven home games is quite a performance for a team who struggled to earn points last year at Bell center. What the Canadiens lack is discipline, as they rank high in a top of teams that pick up suspensions and their situation is aggravated by the inability to kill power plays. Montreal found itself with fewer players on the ice on several occasions and the opponents frequently found a way of taking advantage. The hosts took early leads often only to see them vanish into thin air and this is what they need to prevent against the Rangers.
The visitors are struggling with injuries and until they can replace key players in their rotation, they seem happy to pick up points by not losing in regulation time. Coach Joe Tortorella stays grounded and doesn’t have high expectations from this match, as he is fully aware of his team’s underdog status. What the Rangers have is the uncanny ability to rebound and get back in games after conceding early goals.
Montreal is clearly the favorite tonight but the hosts need to be more effective while shorthanded and improve their percentage in the final part of the game. If they achieve that, the Canadians should secure a comfortable regulation time victory, which warrant punters to take Unibet’s offer at odds of 2.35.