The Montreal Canadiens will be trying to close out a three-game homestand on a winning note when they welcome the New York Rangers to town on Saturday as -140 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
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Event: Canadiens vs Rangers
Date: Sunday, October 8th, 2017 – 7:00 PM ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
After losing seven of their first eight contests to fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the Canadiens recorded a 5-1 beatdown of the Florida Panthers as -134 chalk on Tuesday. However, Montreal’s early-season struggles continued on Thursday night with a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings as -125 home chalk to fall to 1-2-1 in four dates at the Bell Centre going into Saturday night’s Rangers vs. Canadiens betting matchup.
Carey Price is expected to be back between the pipes for Montreal after allowing all four goals in the loss to the Kings. The 2015 Vezina Trophy winner has been visibly frustrated during the Canadiens’ slow start, including a 2-0 loss in New York as +107 underdogs. However, Price has been otherwise dominant when facing the Rangers, earning the win in 11 of 13 regular-season meetings, and nine of 10 on home ice.
New York will counter with backup Ondrej Pavelec, who picked up the win in the Rangers’ 5-2 victory over Arizona as -168 home favourites on Thursday but is winless in his past seven appearances in Montreal.