The Montreal Canadiens' hot start to the NHL season cooled as winter set in across Canada. The team's brilliant 8-0-1 October slowly gave way to more defeats.
Until February's five defeats in seven matches saw the axe dropped on coach Michel Therrien. The club appointed formed Boston coach Claude Julien in his place.
NHL betting on the Habs to win the Atlantic Division or even the Stanley Cup has been renewed as the team are now back to its early season best.
The Come Back
The Canadiens are top of the Atlantic Division, three points above the chasing Ottawa Senators. Online bookies have listed Montreal at –275 to win the Atlantic and installed them as the division's favorites.
Montreal has been outstanding in its last 10 NHL games, and online bookies have taken notice of the streaking team.
The team has accumulated a 7-2-1 record, which has only been bettered by two teams over that stretch - Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues.
Claude Julien and The Canadiens
Julien's team has conceded a mere 27 goals in the coach's 15 games in charge. Meanwhile, the Canadiens have been free scoring, finding the back of the net 35 times.
Julien has veteran stars like Max Pacioretty and Carey Price playing far better than they did under Therrien. Pacioretty leads the Habs in points with 60 and goals with 33.
Goaltender Price has a 2.26 goals against average. There is still work to be done, but Julien has laid the groundwork.
Thanks to the Canadiens improved play under Julien, the team will be highly wagered on as the NHL season comes to an end.
Montreal is currently +1400 to win the Stanley Cup. The team has the fifth best odds of lifting Sir Stanley's cup, which makes them an attractive NHL betting choice.
The club's 200 goals put them right behind the other favorites, but the Canadiens' improved defense gives them an advantage over other Stanley Cup hopefuls.
Since Julien's arrival, the team has made defense its first priority. The improved play in front of Carey has lead to an improved frontline. As the experts say, defense wins championships.
Montreal is listed at +700 to win the NHL's Eastern Conference, which means the team must navigate the tricky playoff waters of the east.
That means beating favorites like Washington, Pittsburgh or Columbus.
Montreal is the NHL betting favorite to take home the Atlantic crown. Currently on a six-game home stand, the team can further distance itself from the rest of the division.
Of course, four of the team's last five games will be on the road. But there should be a healthy distance between them and Ottawa by the time the season ends on April 8th.
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