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Canadiens at Sharks NHL Online Betting Lines
Canadiens at Sharks NHL Week 6
Which one of these teams will earn their second win of the season? Even better question, which one of these teams needs to win more? The answer is Montreal. They are on a serious backslide right now. They have lost their last 4 games, whereas the Sharks have dropped 3 of their last 4. I don't think either team is going to hit the panic button yet, but they are both aware of where it is.
Prediction: Montreal Canadiens @ Sports Interaction
Normally when two struggling teams play each other, I go with the home team. But tonight, I have to go with the straight-up better goaltender. And I honestly feel like Montreal is just a far better team. Despite their terrible start. Montreal has had a dreadful schedule to start the season. San Jose has had an incredible schedule to start the season and hasn't taken advantage. So I'm giving tonight's game to the road team, Montréal Canadiens.
Let's take a look at Montréal's struggles first. It's not brain surgery. The Montréal Canadiens have scored 8 goals in 5 games. You're just not going to win with those numbers. Period. So far this season, Alexander Ovechkin has 1 more goal than they do. Nikita Kucherov has 1 less.
Yes, it’s been that bad. At the defensive end, they’re giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game.
But those stats are slightly skewed by the 6 goal ass-kicking Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals handed them. If that game never happened, they would be averaging a more respectable 2.75 goals against, which would just about get them into the top 10. Still, this was one of the best defensive teams in hockey last year, with the league’s most feared goaltender.
Now, let’s look at the Sharks, who have played more like minnows this year. The Sharks are averaging 2 goals per night, which is tied for second shittiest in the NHL with the Ducks and Oilers. Montreal being the shittiest. And their offense has not been getting any help from the defense. They are giving up 3.5 goals per game, which lands them in the bottom third of the NHL teams.
Put this all together and it combines for one single win all season long. That win came against the Buffalo Sabres, who are also off to an atrocious start. The Flyers, Kings, and Islanders all beat them and all scored 3 or more goals against them. It's hard to remember that this team lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins only a few years ago. This team resembles nothing even close to a Stanley Cup team, much less a playoff team right now. But then again, neither does Montreal.
By the way, it's worth pointing out that San Jose has yet to play a single road game this season. All of this losing has taken place on their own ice. Which is extra ouch.
After tonight's game against Montreal, they are on the road for a 5 game stretch against the Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Bruins, and Sabers, before returning home to play the Maple Leafs on the 30th. So the schedule ain't getting easier anytime soon.
This team could've really used a good start at home. But they didn't get one. So now it's time to make some lemonade and try to get one more win before heading out on the road.
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