Montreal vs Anaheim: prediction for the NHL game
Montreal are in poor form. They had a long series of games away, and celebrated success only in 1 out of 10 matches: the Canadiens defeated Dallas with a score of 5:3. In that game, goalie Montembeault saved 48 out of 51 shots on his goal. The team was close to victory in a couple of other games, but eventually suffered defeats outside regulation.
The main reason for such terrible results is the pandemic. Nine of the Canadiens' players are in protocol and won't be able to help their team in the upcoming match.
Anaheim lost to Toronto in a penalty shootout (3:4 SO), thus failing to extend their winning streak. Despite the defeat, goalie Gibson deserved praise for making 41 saves, which allowed the team to earn one point.
Before that, the Ducks were showing great play. They defeated such powerful opponents as Tampa (5:1) and Boston (5:3). Defenseman Lindholm gave four assists in those two games.
In the last 5 head-to-head games, goals were scored in each period.
In 4 out of 5 head-to-head games, more than one goal was scored in the first period.
Montreal continue to lose points due to their problems with the line-up, while the Ducks, on the contrary, have looked solid in recent games. We will be backing the favorite here.
Our prediction - handicap (0) to Anaheim
Both teams aren't used to sitting back and prefer open hockey. In head-to-head games we often see high performance from both sides.
Second bet- total over 5.5 goals