Montreal will be quietly confident of emerging victorious in this clash. The Canadiens have shown glimpses of real quality this year but inconsistency has been their downfall yet again.
The hosts have started to pun a run of form together in recent weeks, with six wins in their last 10 National Hockey League games. Punters will fancy the Canadiens to get the job done on home ice but it would be typical if Montreal fall short.
Things haven’t been much better for Colorado though. The Avalanche have won just two of their previous 10 league games and you’d be hard pressed to place too much faith in the road team here. Colorado will need lots of luck to claim the win.
Languishing down in mid-table in the Central Division, Colorado need a confidence-boosting victory. Despite Montreal’s continued struggles, this would certainly rank as a big win for the Avalanche.
Without further ado, let’s get down to the game. This might not be the most entertaining fixture of the weekend but with so much at stake, it is certainly important. Montreal are the favourites but Colorado could spring a shock – this one is hard to predict.
Same Old Issues For Montreal
Canadiens fans must be so frustrated. Montreal have been there or thereabouts in each of the last few years but the Canadian outfit always seem to crumble under pressure.
When the going gets tough, Montreal always seem to fall short.
With the exception of Max Domi, Montreal have been uninspiring on the whole this year and National Hockey League followers will find it hard to back the hosts here.
Their form at home has been solid enough but you never quite know with the Canadiens – it is almost impossible to predict which team is going to turn up.
Being so Jekyll and Hyde is not ideal when trying to build a playoff run. The postseason is a realistic target this campaign but Montreal may shoot themselves in the foot.
The Canadian outfit tick all the right boxes to go on and enjoy a successful NHL season but consistency is still their main problem.
Avalanche Also Struggling For Momentum
Winning the odd game here and there isn’t enough at this level and Colorado need a shift in mindset to step up to the next level.
On paper, the Avalanche have enough gifted players to go close in their pursuit of reaching the postseason. And that’s even when you take their difficult Central Division into account…
Some punters will be backing Colorado to win in Montreal this weekend – and with good reason. The home side are favourites with the bookmakers but Colorado are capable of producing an incredible performance out of the blue.
The salient fact is this: Montreal will probably secure more points over the course of the 2018/19 campaign but you’d probably be more inclined to choose Colorado to win a one-off encounter. Montreal are just too inconsistent.
A difficult contest to call but the value in the betting lies with Colorado. The Avalanche are far from perfect but it is difficult to back Montreal at such a short price. Punters will want to consider the visitors or even the over/under line before placing a wager.
This is a winnable fixture for both teams and it could turn out to be a scrappy affair. Backing a winner is tough but Colorado just have the edge. The first goal here could turn out to be the decisive one – this game is going to be very close indeed.
TIP: Colorado Avalanche to win
CORRECT SCORE: Montreal Canadiens 2-4 Colorado Avalanche