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Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens 03/19/2021 Hockey Betting, Odds and NHL 2021 Season Picks
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens 03/19/2021 – With less than two months until the end of the shortened regular season, the race for the postseason spots in each division gets tighter one game after another. In the North Division, the battle for the fourth and last ticket to the postseason has been between the Vancouver Canucks and the Montreal Canucks so far. This weekend, the rivals will lock horns as the Canadiens host back-to-back game days against the Canucks starting Friday. The teams are separated by just two points in the standings with Montreal holding the advantage. Likewise, top NHL gambling sites tag the home team as favorites at -177 for the first faceoff while Vancouver is priced at +160. The match starts at 07:00 PM Eastern Time and will be available on ESPN+ and NHL.TV.
Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens 03/19/2021
When: Friday, March 19, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens 03/19/2021 Betting Odds:
The Vancouver Canucks are right on pace to pull off a Cinderella story this season. Just as when everyone thought Vancouver had decided to just settle for a regular-season exit this year, the team immediately flipped the switch and made a dramatic run to stay in the playoff hunt. It was at the start of March that the team shifted its gear and turned a disastrous 2-9-2 record in February to a 7-2-0 record so far this month. Goalie Thatcher Demko has been the ultimate difference-maker for Vancouver during the current surge, posting 1.71 goals-against average and .951 save percentage over his last eight starts for a 7-1-0 record. There are a lot of reasons to celebrate for the Canucks, but the team refuses to be consumed by the recent success until their ultimate goal is achieved.
Players to watch: B. Boeser RW (G 15, A 15, PTS 30), J.T. Miller C (G 8, A 19, PTS 27), Q. Hughes D (G 2, A 23, PTS 25).
The Canadiens have heard the giant footsteps of the Canucks from behind, so their guards are back up when they host the Canucks this weekend. For them, playing the Canucks in two straight games in as many nights is more than just an ordinary series because defeating them would also mean staving off a potential surrender of their spot in the top four. The task of beating Vancouver is not really as demanding for Montreal; in fact, if it had not been for them winning 5-1 on March 10 against the Canucks, then the latter would have been sitting on a seven-game winning streak. Moreover, the Canadiens have shown their utter dominance against the Canucks this season by virtue of a 5-0-2 head-to-head edge after the last seven games they’ve faced each other.
Players to watch: T. Toffoli RW (G 18, A 9, PTS 27), J. Petry D (G 11, A 14, PTS 25), J. Drouin LW (G 2, A 18, PTS 20
Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Vancouver’s last 7 games.
Montreal is 4-10 SU in their last 14 games.
Canucks vs Canadiens Betting Picks
The Canadiens will send the Canucks crashing back to earth with a statement win to begin the two-game series. It’s a quick reality check for the Canucks amid the morale-boosting month they are having so far. The NHL Betting Odds recognize the type of urgency that the Canadiens are going to bring on Friday and it should come into fruition as the team continues its supremacy over their rivals this year.
Score Prediction: Canucks 3, Canadiens 6.