Venue: The Bell Centre.
Edmonton have won their last six straight away games. Will Dominique Ducharme’s men be able to break such a successful streak for the Oilers in the upcoming battle? We predict Montreal will not be able to cope with such an up-tempo opponent.
Montreal’s current form
Montreal won one point against Edmonton in the last game, losing in overtime, but it was enough to guarantee a playoff spot, which is a serious achievement for them after all the last years have been very difficult and unsuccessful for them. In the first round of the Stanley Cup, the Canadiens have to play against the mighty Toronto, but Dominique Ducharme has an experienced squad with which they can create a sensation, but not in their current form when they lost their last four games in a row with a combined score of 8-17. Thankfully, Montreal still have some time to prepare for the playoffs.
Edmonton’s current form
Edmonton, near the end of the regular season, have begun to show some fantastic hockey with which to tackle big things in the playoffs. The main thing is for Connor McDavid not to slow down and get injured, otherwise, the Oilers will have enormous problems. Dave Tippett’s men are on an excellent run right now, having won five of their last six games, and any defeats are merely spotty, as a loss is quickly followed by a win. Edmonton lost twice in a row in mid-March. Such a strong performance guaranteed the Oilers second place in the North Division standings at the end of the regular season.
Expert Betting Tips
Montreal are currently showing very modest results, having lost their last four games in a row, but they are purposefully preparing for the playoffs, so the current setbacks are not a big deal. The situation is a little different for Edmonton. They continue to perform well until Connor McDavid breaks every conceivable record, so they’ve won five times in the past six meetings and have no intention of stopping there. We suggest betting on Edmonton to win at around 2.35.
Montreal and Edmonton have already solved all the tournament problems, guaranteeing themselves fourth and second place in the North Division standings, respectively, so at the end of the regular season, they can afford to play open and attacking hockey. Also, in the first round of the playoffs, they do not play between themselves. The Canadiens always try to play on offense and the Oilers need to score for their leaders, so Total Over 5.5 pucks at odds close to 1.80 would be a good prediction for everyone.
It is impossible to stop betting on Connor McDavid’s performance at the end of the regular season. He has already managed to do the impossible, amassing 102 points (33 goals + 69 assists) in 54 meetings played and even managed to add to his usual form ahead of the playoffs. In the last six games, the Edmonton captain scored 18 points (5 goals + 13 assists), an average of three assists per game. In such a situation, it’s worth taking a closer look at a bet on Connor McDavid’s Total Over 1.5 point at around 1.85.