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OT included. Both teams come in 0-2 and both played last night. Furthermore, both Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist were yanked in their respective games last night. Montreal went into Washington and Price allowed four goals in the first period on 14 shots and did not return. Lundqvist started in Toronto and allowed five goals on 17 shots and also did not return. We can almost guarantee that Price will get the start tonight in New York but we can’t say the same thing about Lundqvist. We hope Lundqvist starts but it really doesn’t matter, as career stiff Ondrej Pavelec is his backup.
Montreal has lost to Buffalo and to Washington but it ran into a super-hot Robin Lehner in its opener and Carey Price had a really bad performance last night but we don’t make bets based on results like the rest of the market. Montreal has been very good in both of its games. The Habs are creating a massive amount of high scoring chances and dominated play the entire game last night in Washington. Montreal outshot the Caps, 43-25 and out-chanced them by a wide margin too. The Canadiens have recorded 40 shots or more in both of their games. We’ll also trust Carey Price to rebound while we targeted Lundqvist last year, citing him as a garbage goaltender now with too many miles on his body. We’re not going to stop now attacking Lundqvist now.
The Rangers lost to Colorado in their season opener at Madison Square. Losing at home to Colorado is not easy to do. The Rags lost 8-5 to the Maple Leafs last night but that game was tied 5-5 going to the third. However, Toronto had a 5-1 lead after one period and took their foot of the gas, figuring it was going to be a cakewalk. When the Rangers tied it after two, Toronto woke up and buried them in the third. The New York Rangers will continue to lose at a high clip because its defense is so ordinary and its goaltending is weak. Montreal has looked very dangerous in its first two games while the Rags look and are very beatable. We'll play it accordingly.
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Montreal -101 (Risking 2.02 units - To Win: 2.00)