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The Vancouver Canucks have split their last two game against the Montreal Canadiens with a 6-5 shootout victory on Wednesday and a 7-3 loss on Thursday. These two teams meet for the third time in four nights on Saturday as the Canucks once again host the Canadiens.
Vancouver is a +130 home underdog on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Montreal (-150) has earned points in all five of its games this season with a 3-0-2 record.
Canadiens vs Canucks | OddsShark Matchup Report
Bo Horvat has scored two goals in each of Vancouver’s last two games against the Canadiens. While it has been good to see the offense wake up this week, the Canucks’ defense and goaltending is looking like a major concern out of the gate. Vancouver hasn’t allowed less than three goals in any of its first six games en route to a 2-4 record and has the worst goals-against average in the league at 4.67. Thatcher Demko is 0-3 with a 5.47 GAA and an .866 save percentage through his first three starts.
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The Canucks are 2-9 on the moneyline in their last 11 games against the Canadiens per the OddsShark NHL Database.
Tyler Toffoli has been tormenting his former team this week with a whopping six points in two games. Toffoli scored a hat trick on Wednesday night and picked up two goals and an assist on Thursday night. Montreal’s offense is averaging 4.8 goals per game through the team’s first five games. This pace is clearly unsustainable over the course of an entire season, but the Canadiens certainly appear to be on their way to a much better offensive campaign than the one they had in 2019-20 ranking 19th in the NHL with 2.93 goals per game.
Saturday night’s total is set at 6.5 goals at betting sites. The OVER is 5-1 in Vancouver’s last six games.
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Vancouver wraps up its three-game set against the Canadiens on Saturday before starting another one on Monday night against the Ottawa Senators. With backup goaltender Thatcher Demko struggling so badly, the Canucks need to take advantage on nights that new starting goaltender Braden Holtby is between the pipes.
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