Free NHL Proline Picks For January 10, 2012
St. Louis Blues (1.87) vs. Montreal Canadiens (1.95); Total 5
The big story surrounding this game is the return of Halak in Montreal. After Halak stood on his head during the Montreal playoff run the Habs sent him packing the next season in favour of Price. Halak gets a chance to shut down his former team tonight. Both Halak and Price are confirmed to start in goal for tonight’s game. At 24-12-5 the Blues have to be one of the league’s biggest surprises. It is not too hard to figure out why the Blues are doing so well. They are getting unreal golatending from Elliot (Halak has been decent) and they are virtually unbeatable on home ice going 17-3-2. As for the Canadiens they went through a brutal 1-7 stretch but have since reeled of 2 consecutive wins while scoring 10 goals. The Habs scoring 10 goals in two games is a good sign for them. Will Halak get revenge on his former team tonight?
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St. Louis Blues vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction:
The fact is Halak is essentially the backup goaltender for the Blues right now. That may change in the future but that is the way it stands right now. Halak being in goal just increases the Canadiens chances of winning this game. Looking at the Blues it isn’t too difficult to figure them out. They are great on home ice and rather average on the road. They have won 17 of their 25 home games but have won only 7 of their 19 road games. The Habs seemed to have turned the corner with 2 straight wins at home and I like them to keep it going. Also, Saturday saw the return of Gionta to the Montreal lineup after missing 11 games. Currently the Blues are a small road favorite (1.87) in this game. This game isn’t in St. Louis so I don’t see why the Blues should be favored. I’ll take the Canadiens to win for 1.95 at Bodog Sportsbook.
Taking The CANADIENS To Win @ 1.95
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