CBC had something bigger in mind when they put the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens on a Thursday night Hockey Night, but the reality has turned out quite different. See what thesportsbook
oddsmakers have on tap for us tonight.
There’s nothing like a Thursday night feature matchup between two of the worst teams in the NHL.
Pundits, fans and touts will instead watch two teams who are sinking faster than Italian cruise ship. The Canadiens need no introduction as they are the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Wild were atop the NHL standings at one point with a record of 20-7-3 but have since won just eight of their 33 contests.
Let’s see if we can find any sports betting value in Thursday’s contest.
Thursday, March 1st
NHL odds boards list the Canadiens anywhere between -140 and -145 depending on the hockey betting shop you use. The oddsmakers have also set the total at a low 5, and that is exactally where we look to place our NHL picks tonight.
The Minnesota Wild can win because…
The Habs aren’t even scoring goals these days. Montreal has lost five straight and scored a total of five goals in those contests.
They’re pretty much one of the biggest embarrassments in the NHL this season as no one on the team has even reached 50 points yet. Scott Gomez is making a ton of money but he has only two goals this season.
The Wild have been a bad team since the middle of December but at least they can claim to be playing better recently. They’ve won three of their last five games, which included wins over playoff contenders Boston, Florida and San Jose.
Since the end of November, the Habs have a .333 winning percentage. That tells you all you need to know about the Wild’s chances.
The Montreal Canadiens can win because…
The Wild are fading very quickly. They had won three of four and appeared to have a shot at making it four of five when the Los Angeles Kings visited in a back-to-back situation. Instead, the Wild were shutout 4-0 at home and after downsizing at the trade deadline, it’s hard to imagine this team having any competitive spirit down the stretch of the season.
While the Habs are having a tough time scoring, so are the Wild. They’ve scored a paltry 20 goals this month, which spans over 13 games. Playing on the road won’t help their case as they are just 13-20 on the road this season.
The Wild locker room is completely sour after the trade deadline as not only did key defensemen Marek Zidlicky and Greg Zanon get shipped away, but also blue liner and one of the most popular players Nick Schultz was traded too. Schultz was the Wild’s all-time games played leader and nobody was happy to hear about his departure. Throw in the fact that captain Mikko Koivu is also out and the Wild are limping into this matchup physically and mentally.
Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction:
Someone has to win this game – even if it’s by accident.
The Habs have lost five straight and six of their last eight home games. Meanwhile, the Wild have lost four of their last five road games.
The strength on both squads I the goaltending and the chief weakness is offense. That being the case, flip a coin for the side play but take the under on the total. That’s the most logical prediction that can be made on this contest.
NHL Picks: Under