NHL Odds: Canadians Look to Capitalize on Short-Handed Coyotes
After a dominating 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, the Montreal Canadians (2-0-1) will look to build on their strong start when they host the Arizona Coyotes (1-1-0) Thursday in Montreal (7:30 PM ET). The Coyotes will likely be forced to turn to their backup goalie Louis Domingue after starter Mike Smith was injured in a 7-4 loss against the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night.
The Arizona Coyotes (1-1-0) were outdueled by the surging Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night after the ‘Yotes starting goaltender, Mike Smith, was forced to leave with a “lower body injury”. They’ll come into Montreal looking to get back on track against a Habs team that’s gaining confidence with each game.
The Canadians (2-0-1) shut out the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-0 on Tuesday, and Montreal hopes to continue to ride backup goalie Al Montoya in the absence of starter Carey Price. Thursday will likely feature a battle of the backups (7:30 PM ET), with both teams looking to prove that they don’t need to rely on goal tending to win.
The Canadians have also been forced to rely on their backup goaltender Al Montoya through the first three games of the season, and he has been reliable thus far. After giving up only four goals over three games to the tune of a .962 save percentage, the Habs might give starting goaltender Carey Price another couple of days to recover from the flu, meaning Montoya would make his fourth consecutive start on Thursday.
Another highlight for the Canadians is the re-emergence of defenseman Jeff Petry. After missing the first game due to injury, the seventh-year veteran has registered two goals and two assists in two games. Although the Habs have a number of new faces on their squad to start the season, most notably Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw and Alexander Radulov, the Canadians appear to be rounding into form in short order.
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