The Boston Bruins have suffered from inconsistent goal scoring for most of the season and are splitting time with their two goaltenders. But a power play that is one of the best in the league and the strong play of both goalies has made them one of the hottest teams on any betting board in sports. And just for good measure the Bruins make bank at home like few other teams. The Montreal Canadiens are vastly improved after missing the playoffs last year. While the return of top goaltender Carey Price from injury has certainly helped the Canadiens have also been wells served in their acquisition of Center Max Domi.
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Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
Date and Time:Monday, January 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location:TD Garden, Boston Massachusetts
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Canadiens vs. Bruins TV Coverage: NBCSN
There will be a decent amount of live Betting action on both of these long time Original Six rivals. The Canadiens and Bruins are two of the biggest brands in the game with large fan followings. Beyond that both teams are in good recent form.
Boston has been a cash cow lately with eight payouts in their last ten games to now stand as 25-14-4 which is good for third place in the Atlantic Division. Boston has gone over the total in just 16 of their 43 games. The Bruins have an exceptionally strong home record of 16-5. Just one of the B’s last five games have gone over the total.
Montreal is also in profitable recent form with a record of 23-16-5 after winning six of their last nine games. The Habs have gone under the total in seven of their last ten matchups. For the season Montreal has gone over the total in just 21 of their 44 games. On the road the Canadiens are 12-7-3. Montreal currently holds the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Montreal has NHL rankings of 14th for goal scoring, 31st for the power play, 19th for goals against, and 21st for the penalty kill.
Boston ranks 17th in the NHL for goal scoring but third for the power play while ranking second for goals against and 11th for the penalty kill.
The main reason that Montreal missed the playoffs last year was the absence of Carey Price due to injury. The return of Price between the pipes has been a major factor in the Canadiens resurgence. Price has a record of 16-12-4 with a 2.71 goals against average and a save percentage of .909 with two shutouts.
The tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask has been a major catalyst for the Bruins. Halak has a record of 13-6-2 with a 2.36 goals against average and a save percentage of .926 with three shutouts. Rask is 12-8-2 with a 2.43 goals against average, .920 save percentage, and one shutout.
Players to Watch
Boston left wing David Pastrnak has a team best 25 goals to go with 27 assists and a plus three. Fellow left wing Brad Marchand has 16 goals with 31 assists and a plus seven. Defenseman Torey Krug has four goals with 24 assists and is a strong power play quarterback with 17 assists on the man advantage.
Montreal has desperately needed a strong center in their lineup for the past several years and finally may have one in Max Domi, who was acquired from Arizona in the offseason. Domi has 14 goals with 25 assists and a plus three. Right wing Brendan Gallagher has a team best 16 goals.
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Boston’s strong combination of reliable goaltending, a proficient power play, proven home ice advantage and recent form make them impossible to ignore.
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NHL Score Prediction: Bruins 3, Canadiens 1
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