It would be wise to take up the NHL Playoff odds for the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night as they continue their roll of form. The hottest young goalie in the NHL couldn't stop them. Neither might one of the league's top veterans. The Montreal Canadiens are one victory away from finishing a first-round sweep of the Ottawa Senators, who track their Eastern Conference quarterfinal 3-0 with Game four turning up Wednesday night (7:00 PM ET, USA) at the Tire.
The Habs (50-22-5-5, plus-8.68 systems ATS throughout the routine period) won the first two games in Montreal, peppering Sens rookie Andrew Hammond (.941 save percentage, 6.5 Goalie Point Shares) with a combined 81 shots and scoring 7 goals to Ottawa's five. The Senators (43-26-6-7, plus-16.70 units ATS) went with Craig Anderson (.923 SV %, 8.0 GPS) in Game three at home on Sunday, and while Anderson made 47 saves, Montreal still won 2-1 in overtime as a +105 underdog.
Ottawa has fired its share of rubber at Habs netminder Carey Price (.933 SV %, 16.2 GPS), putting over 30 shots on the Montreal goal in each game so far. The leading Hart Trophy prospect has actually enhanced his save percentage to.939 in these playoffs; however, the three one-goal victories Price safeguarded leave the Canadiens one wagering unit at a loss, at 1-2 against the puck line.