The NHL is close to returning for the 2021 season in what will be a sprint all the way to the finish in a shortened year. As we get closer to the start date of Wednesday, Jan 13, it should be a compelling regular season as each Canadian team is featured inside the same division. Leading up to Game 1, we will provide a betting preview for all seven Canadian teams in the NHL. Here, we will break down the odds for the Montreal Canadiens.
2021 NHL season format
This season’s schedule is being impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that suspended the NHL season for months. The 2019-20 season shut down operations in March and returned, crowning a Stanley Cup champion in late September. With the return to play in January, each team is scheduled to play a 56-game schedule with the the divisions split up into four groups. Teams will play only divisional games, and it was necessary to put all Canadian teams into the same division because of the travel restrictions due to the coronavirus.
The regular season is scheduled to end on May 8, and the playoffs will include 16 teams playing four rounds of best-of-seven series with the Stanley Cup expected to be awarded in July.
With all that said, here’s a betting preview for the upcoming Montreal Canadiens 2021 season.
Montreal Canadiens Betting Preview
There are plenty of futures betting options for gamblers to take a look at for the NHL season but here, we’re just going to take a look at the odds as it pertains to the Canadiens and their players. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
Championship winner: To win the Stanley Cup this summer, Montreal is getting the 12th best odds to win it all at +2600, tied with the Edmonton Oilers. The Colorado Avalanche are the betting favorites this season at +650 odds.
Division winner: To win the all-Canadian North Division, the Canadiens have the second best odds to win it behind only the Toronto Maple Leafs at +125.
To make the playoffs: Oddsmakers expect the Canadiens to advance to the postseason with -225 odds on making the playoffs and +170 odds to not advance. The Avalanche have the best chance at advancing with -835 odds to compete in the playoffs.
Regular season points: The Canadiens over/under for points during the regular season is set at 66.5 with -112 odds on each side. Colorado’s total is the highest, set at 76.5.
Hart Memorial Trophy: Montreal goalkeeper Carey Price is the only player who is getting any sort of odds to win the NHL’s award given to the player most valuable to his team. He is getting the 31st best odds to win the Hart Memorial Trophy at +6000. Connor McDavid has the best odds at +450 to win the award.
Vezina Trophy: For the award given to the league’s best goaltender, Price has the fifth best odds at +1100. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the betting favorite at +650.
Adams Award: The Adams Award goes to the NHL’s best head coach, and Montreal’s Claude Julien is tied for the 10th best odds with Craig Berube and Mike Sullivan at +1200. Jared Bednar is the favorite with +800 odds.
Game 1 Betting Odds
The Canadiens will get their season started on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for the second game of the entire NHL season. They will matched up with the Maple Leafs on the road in a game between the top two contenders according to oddsmakers for the North Division. This will get started at 7 p.m. ET.
Spread: Montreal has -230 odds to cover the +1.5-goal spread, while Toronto has +188 odds to cover -1.5.
Moneyline: The Canadiens are slight underdogs getting +118 odds to win this one outright, while Toronto has -136 odds to get the win.
Total: The over/under is set at 6.5 with the over getting -103 odds and the under at -118.