The Montreal Canadiens will continue the search for their first win of the season when they play host to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night as -130 home favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Montreal came out flat in Saturday's home opener, dropping a 3-1 decision to the New York Rangers that leaves the team pointless through three outings going into Tuesday night's matchup at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens attack has struggled during the team's season-opening swoon, potting just a single goal in each of their first three contests while surrendering 10 total markers. Despite their poor results, though, the Canadiens have managed to keep things close in two of their three games to date, with late third-period goals proving to be the difference in their recent losses to the Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Further complicating matters for the Canadiens is their current track record of futility against San Jose, which arrives in town for Tuesday's contest set as a +110 underdog at sports betting sites. The Sharks have dominated Montreal while posting wins in 13 of 14 meetings since 2010, including each of the past nine. San Jose has also limited the Canadiens to just nine total goals while claiming victory in six of its last seven trips to Montreal, fueling a 12-2-1 run for the UNDER in totals betting when these two teams meet at the Bell Centre.
Elsewhere on the Tuesday NHL odds, the Vancouver Canucks will continue a season-opening six-game road trip in Buffalo as -120 betting chalk. As well, the Winnipeg Jets look for a bounceback performance as they visit Minnesota as +125 underdogs, while the Edmonton Oilers take on the visiting Anaheim Ducks as heavy -220 favourites.
The Canucks ran into a hot goaltender in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, as Thomas Greiss turned aside 40 of 41 shots to seal Vancouver's first loss in regulation this season. Canucks shooters have now averaged over 39 shots on goal per game through three outings, but face a surprising Sabres team gunning for a third straight victory. The Sabres have allowed just two total goals in a pair of wins, including last Thursday's 5-1 rout of the Canadiens, but have allowed 5.33 goals per game in three straight losses to Vancouver.
The Jets, meanwhile, opened the season with consecutive road losses and have just two wins in their past nine away dates against the Wild, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, while the Oilers look to remain undefeated as they close out their schedule-opening three-game homestand.