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Canadiens vs Ducks NHL Odds

Posted by Andrew Monroe on 3/4/2015 9:13:19 AM

Montreal Canadiens (+109) at Anaheim Ducks (-120)

We may very well be seeing a Stanley Cup Final matchup when the Montreal Canadiens play at the Anaheim Ducks at 10:00pm ET on Wednesday night. This is the NHL game of the week because it features the point leaders from the Eastern and Western Conferences.

This is the second and final time the two teams meet in the regular season. The Ducks won a close 2-1 road game in Montreal back in their first meeting on December 18th. Wednesday’s game will have a different look to it because each team has made some trades before the recent deadline. The Habs and Ducks are hoping their new players can help them on the ice on Wednesday, as well as propel them to meet again in the finals.

What to watch from the Montreal Canadiens (41-17-5, 87 points)

Montreal was active before the deadline, making moves to bolster both their offense and defense. Forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn are nice role players who come over from the Buffalo Sabres. Jeff Petry, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oiler, is a big defenseman who can efficiently move the puck up ice.

The Habs suffered a bad 4-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday, in the first game of a four game road trip. None of their new players are guaranteed to see the ice in Anaheim, but it wouldn't be a surprise since they need to get acclimated to their new team as soon as possible.

What to watch from the Anaheim Ducks (41-17-7, 89 points)

Anaheim has won three games in a row, including a 4-1 win at the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. They immediately head back home to host the Canadiens the very next night.

Even though the Ducks are playing well as of late, winning six of their last seven, they made key moves of their own to help solidify their defense by adding veteran James Wisniewski from the Columbus Blue Jackets and youngster Simon Despres from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Ducks also added Tomas Fleischmann, who comes over from the Florida Panthers and is good enough to play left wing on their top line. Despres and Fleischmann each had an assist in their debut which is a good sign that the new blood is already gelling together.

NHL Picks: Canadiens

It could be the two young forwards who were involved in a direct swap between the Habs and Ducks who could influence the outcome of this game. Look for Montreal’s Devante Smith-Pelly and Anaheim's Jiri Sekac to play with the added motivation to stick it to their old employers.

This should be a close contest but the extra rest will pay dividends for the Habs who will pull off the small upset.

* Betting lines mentioned in this article are subject to change due to time sensitivity. Please visit the sports betting lines for up to date odds.


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