Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Montreal at New York Islanders 4/6/10 7pm Nassau Coliseum
Montreal -135 -1.5 (+225) Over 5 (-140)
NY Islanders +115 +1.5 (-265) Under 5 (+120)
The Montreal Canadiens travel to Long Island to face the New York Islanders Tuesday night and try to solidify a playoff position. The task won't be easy as the Islanders are playing some of their best hockey this season going 7-3-1 in their last 11 games. John Tavares has found his scoring touch again with 13 points in his last 9 games. Blake Comeau has emerged as another young forward poised to be part of the future with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games. Comeau would be on pace to score 27 goals if he played in 82 games. The Islanders own a 22-14-3 record at Nassau Coliseum and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 at home. Martin Biron may get the start. The veteran goaltender is 6-0-2 in his last 8 starts.
Montreal has gone 10-4-1 since the Olympic Break and have positioned themselves in a playoff spot. With the Rangers playing the Flyers twice this weekend, Montreal can clinch a playoff spot with 2 more wins. The Canadiens have won all 3 meetings this season against the Islanders and will need to be at their best to win Tuesday night.
SureShotPick: Take the Islanders +1.5. The Islanders have only lost a home game by more than 2 goals three times since Christmas.