Fading the Bolts right now is just not intelligent.
Moving on to Thursday…
The Los Angeles Kings (7-1-1) are off to a surprising start, having lost in regulation just once. Perhaps more surprising is Montreal Canadiens’ start (2-6-1); Montreal collected 103 points last season. Last time out, after returning from a disastrous road trip, Montreal ended their seven-game losing streak. They were down an early goal in the second period to the Florida Panthers before pasting them for three goals in less than two minutes to end the period. Montreal went on to win 5-1 in a big confidence booster.
The Canadiens and Carey Price will host a Los Angeles team playing their third game in four nights and fourth game in six nights, all on the road without their leading goal scorer from a year ago, Jeff Carter. This is also a rematch of last Wednesday’s game at the Staples Center which was tied 1-1 after two periods before Montreal gassed on the tail-end of a back-to-back, ultimately folding 5-1.
Montreal’s PDO (.931) currently sits dead-last, a telling sign they have been considerably unlucky to start the season. During the 2016-17 regular season, Carey Price finished 23-11-3 (2.09 GAA, .929 SV%) on home ice, and while he is off to a very disappointing start to the season, Price is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best goalie in the National Hockey League. Look for him to dethrone the Kings tonight.
Fair Odds: Canadiens -135
Nothing else for Thursday on the ice as of now. Make sure you check out the daily NHL betting rundown from Michael Leboff, who agrees with us on the Habs.