You can argue that no one player can make or break a team, but try telling that to the fans of the Montreal Canadiens. This was a team that looked close to unbeatable at the start of the season, but which has gone off the rails in a huge way since goaltender Carey Price went down with a long term injury earlier this season. Yes, there are other issues, which we will discuss later, for the Canadiens to deal with, but there can be no denying that the loss of Price was a hammer blow to this team. You have to believe that things are about to get even worse for Montreal, as they have the Dallas Stars, who are one of the best teams in the Western Conference, skating into the Bell Centre on Tuesday night. This looks like a definite win for the Stars, but can Montreal put up a fight that leads them to victory. That is what you have to consider before wagering on this one at MyBookie.ag online sportsbook.
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Dallas vs Montreal NHL Betting Guide & Game Info:
When: Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal
TV: FSSW and RDS
NHL Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Dallas Stars
While nowhere near as drastic as what the Montreal Canadiens are currently experiencing, the Dallas Stars (40-20-7) are coming off a bit of a losing skid of their own. They went through a stretch where they lost 7 of 8 games, but have since rebounded with back to back wins. The fact that Dallas are still tied with the Chicago Blackhawks for top spot in the Central Division is a sign of just how good they were before heading into that slump. Every team has one of these slides over the course of a season, and it can be argued that having it now is a good thing for Dallas, as they have time to build up a new head of steam before the playoffs arrive. The Stars are averaging 3.2 GPG, and are giving up 2.8 GPG.
Why Bet on the Montreal Canadiens
I spoke earlier about the impact made on the Montreal Canadiens (30-30-6) by the lossof Carey Price between the pipes, but they have had more than their fair share of injuries on top of that one. What all of this has revealed is that the Canadiens are not a team with very much depth, and it is that, perhaps more than anything, that has been their downfall. They are on yet another losing skid at the moment, having lost 4 in a row heading into this one, and they are just 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. Price is due back soon, but you have to wonder of it will make any difference at this point. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 GPG, and are giving up 2.8 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The last time these two teams hooked up was back at the point where the Canadiens were just starting to go into the tank. It was the Stars who won that one 6-2, and you have to expect more of the same here.
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