Thursday’s NHL bet du jour: Montreal at Detroit
Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) are separated by an official in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
These third-period blown leads are exhausting. Winnipeg never trailed in regulation, but fell in overtime. The Jets did take some terrible penalties, which ultimately cost them the game. Two for too many men, one for closed hand over the puck, and another due to playing with a broken stick in the same game. You don’t see that too often. Moving on to Thursday…
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Two teams headed in opposite directions are set to face off at Little Caesars Arena tonight. The Detroit Red Wings, losers of five consecutive games, welcome the Montreal Canadiens, winners of three straight behind the excellent goaltending of Carey Price.
Last night, Montreal outlasted Ottawa in the National Hockey League’s oldest rivalry. With the quick turnaround time and travel across the border, Montreal finds itself in a really tough spot, especially considering they will host Detroit on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
While Detroit is an average at best hockey team, there are a number of factors working in its favor tonight. Montreal defenseman Shea Weber is set to miss his sixth straight game. Additionally, Jonathan Drouin, who has two goals and two assists in his last three games, is the latest addition to the Canadiens’ growing injury list, as he has also been ruled out for tonight’s contest after suffering a lower-body injury against Ottawa.
Detroit has dropped five games in a row, but three of those losses did come in overtime. Meanwhile, Montreal has played the majority of its games in November on home ice and figures to struggle to find its game on the road, especially without two important players in Weber and Drouin. Look for Detroit to edge the Canadiens to avoid their sixth consecutive loss on home ice.