The Bell Centre is the venue as the Montreal Canadiens (3-1-1) play host to the St. Louis Blues (1-2-2) on Wednesday evening.
The Habs have exceeded most predictions with their start to the season, with the 7-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday being their third victory in five games to date.
The Blues have struggled, by comparison, having recorded just one win in five games to date, although two of their losses have come in overtime. Worryingly though, they have had home-ice advantage in four of their five games to date.
On Sunday the Blues went down to a 3-2 loss at home to the Anaheim Ducks at the Scottrade Center, despite having been 2-1 ahead going into the third period of the game.
The Canadiens are averaging 3.4 goals per game, with Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher leading the Habs with three goals apiece. Jeff Petry has five assists and Tomas Tatar has registered 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.6 goals per game, with Carey Price has allowed seven goals on 77 shots faced, while Antti Niemi has given up six goals on 56 shots. The Canadiens have allowed three or fewer goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Blues are averaging exactly 3 goals per game, with David Perron contributing four goals. Defensively, the Blues have allowed 4 goals per game.
The early season form of both teams and home-ice advantage points the way of the Canadiens as the tips here at reasonable betting odds.
Pick: Money Line – Montreal Canadiens -115 (William Hill)