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Posted at 1:50 PM EST
7:05 PM EST. OT included. It’s hard to believe that the Islanders are going to the playoffs while the Canadiens may not, which is further proof of how luck-driven this sport is. The Canadiens are playing at an extremely high level right now while the Islanders are playing as poorly as any team in the NHL. The Islanders are coming off a 2-0 win over the Jackets in one of the more misleading scores of the season. For close to 60 minutes, the Isles looked they were killing a penalty. The Corsi For numbers during five-on-five play were 53-30 in favor of the Jackets but it’s not just that one game. Since February 1, a span of 19 games, the Isles rank 30th out of 31 teams in Corsi For % during five on five play. They also rank 27th in Corsi Against during that same time span so don’t let the “experts” convince you that they’re playing great defensively because they are not. For the most part, the Isles can’t get out of their own end. They have been getting incredibly lucky bounces for 70 games but rarely do they outplay anyone. They’re very likely going to have to get extremely lucky again to win this one.
By contrast, Montreal ranks #1 in Corsi for % since February 1. The teams just below the Habs are Calgary, San Jose, Boston and Nashville, yet Montreal is priced here like they’re the Panthers will James Reimer in goal. Nothing more needs to be said, as we’re getting the vastly superior team with a take back in a game that means so much.
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Montreal +113 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.26)