It won’t be easy to see what state the Hurricanes are in because they haven’t played since December 19th. Then the team celebrated the victory in two meetings in a row, and only in the last five matches “Carolina” has only one defeat. The club has no serious problems with injuries or sick hockey players.
But the “Montreal” situation is much worse. The team recently lost to Tampa (but in overtime – 4: 5), and in general, the team’s victories are not very good – only one in the last five matches. The teams met only once this season, and then the Canadiens lost 1: 4.
Bookmakers see “Carolina” as a clear favorite and give a coefficient of 1.46 for her victory in regular time, and for “Montreal” – 5.95.
Total bet and result
Montreal has catastrophic problems with the squad: due to illness, the meeting will be missed not only by both main goalkeepers – Price and Allen, but also by the young goalkeeper Primo.
Also, the Canadiens were left without the forwards Hoffman and Toffoli, the defenders of Edmundson and Petrie, all these hockey players, incredibly important for achieving positive team results, got into the covid protocol and will definitely not take part in the match.
Montreal managed to take a point in the match against the same bloodless Tampa, but with such a bright leader as Carolina, which has not yet lost so many stars, it will be much more difficult.
You should expect an active and productive game from Carolina: in the absence of the opponent’s main goalkeepers, you can expect that the team will score a lot of goals, as it did in two previous meetings (five at the gates of Detroit and Los Angeles). But Montreal, which was left without tough hockey players, should not be completely written off from the scoring trough: without abandoned pucks, the team does not leave four meetings in a row, and even Tampa were able to score four goals.
Double outcome: Carolina win and total over 5.5 with odds of 2.03.