Betting hockey online expectations remain high for the Montreal Canadiens as they remain one of the top NHL betting playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference.
The Calgary Flames will host the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night with a starting time of 6 PM ET and a telecast on Versus. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure to have your account open and ready for action on this inter-conference showdown of playoff contenders.
Montreal had a NHL sports betting record of 31-20-4-2 and was 12-13-1 on the road with just 6 out of their 26 away games going over the total. The Canadiens were in a close race with Boston for the top spot in the Northeast Division standings but have been inconsistent as of late as they lost 3 out of 4 games from February 6 through February 12 with just 1 of those games going under the total.
Montreal was one of the better defensive teams in the league as they ranked 8th in the NHL for goals against while their offense was inconsistent and ranked 23rd for goal scoring. Center Tomas Plekanec led the Habs with 19 goals and 26 assists while fellow center Michael Cammalleri had 13 goals and 18 assists.
Goaltender Carey Price had a 2.38 goals against average with a whopping 6 shutouts on the season. Right wing Brian Gionta was another top asset with 21 goals.
Calgary had a betting NHL mark of 28-22-3-5 and was 16-9-1-2 at home while going over the total in 16 out of 28 games as a host. The Flames have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL since the new year and had 7 payouts in 10 games from January 22 through February 12. Calgary was 9th in the Western Conference standings and closing fast for one of the top 8 spots.
Right wing Jarome Iginla led Calgary with 23 goals and 31 assists while left wing Rene Bourque had 17 goals. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was a key betting hockey online asset with a 2.71 goals against average and 3 shutouts. Iginla’s leadership has been instrumental in the dramatic turnaround.