Saturday’s Picks: Habs at Home

Flip Livingstone


With just over a month of the NHL schedule left to be played, we are winding down the last few Saturdays of picks here at Dobber Hockey (stayed tuned for playoff predictions and picks, of course). Let's not waste too much time in the preamble and get right down to business.

Last week was my worst of the year, no dodging that bullet, so apologies for the 2-4 showing. Not all is lost, though, with some time to still finish the campaign strong and stack a bit more cash in the pocketbook.

There is no denying the COVID-19 situation in Vancouver is growing more concerning by the day, with a number of Canucks staff and players dealing with the virus. The impacts of the outbreak with Canucks could loom large come the end of the season in terms of scheduling, but for now, let's focus on the games we can wager on and wish Vancouver well in a speedy recovery.

On to today's board that features three afternoon matchups and eight evening games for our wagering entertainment. Good luck!


2021 record:

Gold: 4-4

Silver: 5-3
Bronze: 4-4

Side bets: 10-14

Overall: 23-25


Gold Pick
Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens – Pick: Canadiens

As a well-documented Habs hater, you likely already know that it pains me every time I have to give Montreal credit for playing well. Well, this is another one of those times, as the Canadiens seem to have turned the page over the past two weeks. Now, playing the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators will do that for most clubs, but Montreal is playing with more jump and starting games strong, producing wins in three in a row.

Aside from the recent resurgence, the Canadiens are sitting in a very advantageous position in terms of schedule and standings. Montreal holds four or five games in-hand on the entire North Division while also currently owning a six-point cushion on the Canucks for the fourth and final divisional playoff spot. It might be a bit bold as to say the Habs control their own destiny, but when you think about it for a minute, that really isn't much of a stretch. A few more wins in a row combined with their games in-hand, and Montreal's postseason picture starts to become pretty clear.

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