Facing each other for the fourth and final time this year, the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins collide at TD Garden. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12, and fans at home can witness this Original Six matchup live on Sportsnet.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Playing the role of solid favorite will be Boston (-200), whereas Montreal is a dog offering moneyline odds of +170 and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. If you want to play this game’s total, you’ll be looking at odds of -110 money on the over and -110 on the under at PointsBet Indiana Sportsbook.
Even though they’ve posted a record of 34-23 straight up (SU), bettors taking the moneyline have earned a total of 5.1 units on the Bruins this season. Of the team’s 57 games this season, 24 have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team’s 19-11 SU at home this season.
Boston comes into the matchup with the third-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it has found the net on 26.3 percent of their extra-man opportunities this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.8 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Boston has been penalized 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 4.4 per game over its past ten contests. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays for 8.6 minutes per contest over its last five home games.
With a .929 save percentage and 27.3 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (20-12-6) has been the best goalkeeper for the Bruins this year. If head coach Bruce Cassidy chooses to give him a breather, however, the Bruins may turn to Jaroslav Halak (14-12-12 record, .921 save percentage, 2.36 goals against average).
David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Bruins. Pastrnak (78 points) has tallied 38 goals and 40 assists and has recorded two or more points on 24 different occasions this year. Marchand has 23 goals and 46 assists to his name and has notched a point in 40 contests.
Over on the visiting bench, Montreal is 27-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just three have pushed. Montreal’s 14-12 SU as a road team this season.
Montreal has converted on just 18.9 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully defended 79.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Montreal’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.4 times per game this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties 13.4 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Carey Price (.913 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Montreal. Price is averaging 27.7 saves per game and owns a 24-23-4 record.
For the visiting Canadiens, the offense will run through Tomas Tatar, who’s got 32 assists and 20 goals this season.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Betting Predictions
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Over
For both of these teams, the under has hit in three of their past five matchups.
Montreal has managed 31.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Boston is averaging 35.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
The Canadiens are 8-10 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-22 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Two of Montreal’s past 10 outings have been decided by a shootout. The team’s 2-0 in those games and 4-1 overall in shootouts this season.
Boston skaters have created 8.8 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 7.6 takeaways per game (ranked 15th in the league).
Montreal is ranked 23rd this season with 6.8 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down lately, however, as the team has averaged 6.1 takeaways over its last 10 games and 4.8 takeaways over its last five.