1* free play Vancouver Canucks.
The Habs are coming off a 4-1 win over the Oilers on Thursday.
The 'Nucks are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Sharks on Thursday.
I like Vancouver to bounce back in its final home contest before a lengthy seven game road trip over the next two weeks.
Montreal is 2-2, coming off a convincing 4-1 win over the hapless Oilers.
A big blow to the Habs though will be the absence of captain Brian Gionta because of personal reasons: "We don't know when he's going to come back," coach Michel Therrien said last night. "He's an important part of our team. He's a good leader, but right now I don't know when he's going to come back."
San Jose has had Vancouver's number the last couple of years, but the 'Nucks haven't had any issues dispatching of every other opponent, having won their other three games by outscoring their foes 14-8.
Keep your eyes on the Sedin brothers who have combined for 12 points over the first five games.
The Bottom Line
The Canucks have been sharp on the penalty-kill, killing off all 18 so far this year. Vancouver is the deeper team with the home ice advantage; consider laying the short price in this one.
Good luck, Nick Parsons