It’s too bad Patrick Roy is coaching the Colorado Avalanche because his old team could use him back in goal. The Montreal Canadiens visit the Pepsi Center Wednesday night (8 PM ET, TSN) in the midst of an awful slump, going 10-22-2 since reigning league MVP Carey Price (.934 save percentage) got hurt. He’s expected to miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury.
Mike Condon (.900 SV%) is projected to start in goal Wednesday for Montreal. After winning six of his first seven NHL starts, Condon has fallen on hard times, dropping five straight heading into Denver. The Habs (27-26-4) have also lost several other players to injury, including big-hitting defenseman Jeff Petry (86 hits, 73 blocks) and centre Brian Flynn (57.8 face-off percentage).
The Avalanche (29-26-4) are in a mini-slump of their own at 2-4-1 in their last seven games. Semyon Varlamov (.916 SV%) is the likely starter for Wednesday’s matchup; he’s been impressive over the past couple of months after a slow start. Thanks to Varlamov’s stopping power, Colorado has been one of the more profitable teams in the league against the puck line at 36-23 ATS, earning 5.01 units in profit.