The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to remain undefeated in regulation when they close out a six-game season-opening road trip in Vancouver on Saturday night as -145 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Montreal took possession of first place in the North Division standings with a decisive 7-3 win in Vancouver on Thursday night, and now sports a 3-0-2 record on the season going into Saturday night's matchup at Rogers Arena.
With Thursday's victory as -150 chalk, Montreal shooters have now tallied 24 goals through five outings so far this season. However, Carey Price has produced mixed results in his first three starts. Montreal's star goaltender has twice surrendered five goals while going 1-0-2 on the season, contributing to a 3-2 run for the OVER on the totals at sports betting sites.
Price is expected to get the call for the second time in this three-game series on Saturday. The 33-year-old was tagged with a 6-5 shootout loss against the Canucks on Wednesday night, but he still maintains a solid 7-0-2 record in his past nine starts against Vancouver.
The Canucks, meanwhile, hope to rebound in Saturday's series finale. A rash of injuries to the blueline corps has complicated Vancouver's defensive struggles, with rearguards Alexander Edler, Travis Hamonic, and Jordie Benn all ailing early in the season.
A lack of discipline has also been a concern for the Canucks, who have averaged over 14 penalty minutes over their past five outings, and given up nine total power play goals during that stretch. And it is tough to fault Thatcher Demko and Braden Holtby. The Canucks were outshot by a wide 42-17 margin in Thursday's blowout loss, and the club's goaltending duo have now faced an average of 37 shots on goal through six contests.
Elsewhere on the Saturday NHL odds, the Ottawa Senators try to snap a three-game slide as they kick off a seven-game road trip in Winnipeg as +115 betting underdogs. The Senators came up short in a pair of home meetings with the Jets earlier this week, capped by Thursday's 4-1 loss as +100 underdogs. Now sitting in the basement of the North Division standings, the Senators have averaged just two goals per game during their three-game slide, and have scored just seven total goals during a four-game losing streak against Winnipeg.
The Jets return home riding a seven-game winning streak in regular season contests on home ice. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been in net for each of those victories, surrendering just 10 total goals and recording a pair of shutouts during that strong stretch.