NHL Hockey Betting:  Montreal Canadiens at St. Louis Blues&h=253&w=372&zc=1

The Montreal Canadiens have cooled off after their red hot start–that was inevitable–but still hold the best record in the NHL at 17-6-2 for 36 points. They’ll face a tough test on Tuesday night as they head to the ‘Gateway City’ to take on the red hot St. Louis Blues. The Blues are 7-2-1 in their last ten games but are coming off of a 3-2 OT loss to Winnipeg. The Habs took a 5-4 win at Los Angeles on Sunday to end a two game losing streak. Montreal is 4-5-1 in their last 10 and 5-5-1 on the road this season. St. Louis has one of the best home records in the NHL at 11-1-3.

The Blues will start Jake Allen in net and he’s looked very good this season. Allen has a 12-3-3 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a 0.907 save percentage along with one shutout. He’s been confirmed by the team. Montreal hasn’t confirmed their starting goaltender but there’s no reason to think that they won’t send Vezina/Hart trophy frontrunner Carey Price. Price is having a monster season with a 14-3-1 record, a 1.82 goals against average, a 0.942 save percentage and two shutouts. The Canadiens are 2-2 on their road trip so this is a big game on several levels.

St. Louis is wrapping up a five game home stand and will then head out on a tricky four game road trip with stops in Brooklyn to play the New York Islanders, New Jersey, Minnesota and Nashville. They’ll return home on the 15th for games against New Jersey and Chicago. The teams split two games last year with Montreal winning 3-0 at home and St. Louis taking a 4-3 decision on their home ice. The big difference is that Carey Price wasn’t in net for the second matchup and that’s a huge difference maker. Habs have won 3 of the last 4 head to head and despite a few injuries (and the ‘questionable’ status of Alex Galchenyuk) look to be the value side in this matchup. As was the case in their previous game against the Kings it’s just tough to pass up getting Carey Price at a bargain price.