NHL Free Picks: Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens
We’re north of the border for an Atlantic Division clash between the Montreal Canadiens and an in-form Boston Bruins.
The venue is the Bell Centre Quebec as the hosts look to snap a four-game losing streak, while the Bruins are on for a fourth straight victory.
Will Montreal show up tonight at home?
February 9, 2011, Carey Price and Tim Thomas have a goalie fight in one of the coolest Bruins vs Canadiens moments (tbh Thomas got thrown around) pic.twitter.com/xadmwB4YYk— Max Keeble (@cam_francisco_) August 12, 2018
- 01Boston Bruins (1.80) vs Montreal Canadiens (2.05)
- 02Parlay Pick: Boston Bruins to win & over 5.5 total (3.37)
- 03Pasta to get another, David Pastrnak to score anytime (2.25)
Boston Bruins (1.80) vs Montreal Canadiens (2.05)
Boston come into this one after completing a 5-4 overtime victory at home to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. The win puts the Bruins 15-3-5 outright for the season.
Montreal fell apart in a home defeat to the Rangers over the weekend, conceding the game 6-5. The Canadiens have won the last two games in this matchup though, which will give them a boost of confidence.
The Canadiens, who are 11-7-5 outright, defensive meltdown in their last must be addressed coming into this one, because they cannot afford to play like that against the likes of Pastrnak and Marchand.
Montreal’s offense will need to be in point in this one too, as the Bruins have boasted solid goaltending stats this campaign. They have Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, with Rask holding 39-36 shots in their last.
Though the NHL betting odds favour the Canadiens here, we’ll have to see some drastic changes in the way the Canadiens setup if they want to win this one.
Expect the Bruins to win on the road.
Parlay Pick: Boston Bruins to win & over 5.5 total (3.37)
Boston lead the Atlantic Division by 6 points coming into this game, as well as sitting atop of the NHL power rankings.
The Bruins are second in goals for as they average 3.61 goals per game this season. The Bruins are third in the league for goals against by allowing 2.43 goals per game.
Montreal have been up and down this season. They’re currently 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.39 goals per game. While they’re 20th in the league in defense giving up 3.22 goals per contest this season.
The Canadiens leaky defense means they’ll concede here. The Canadiens must be hungry to snap this lose-streak, they’ll want to get into this Boston team early on. But will they have enough to breakdown the Bruins?
Take a Boston win & over 5.5 total.
Pasta to get another, David Pastrnak to score anytime (2.25)
The way the Bruins have been playing this season in offense has given the young Czech the platform to put up points. He has done just that and if he keeps this up, it’ll be his best season in the NHL so far.
The Boston winger grabbed two goals in the 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, which set a new NHL record as the second-fastest franchise player to 150 goals. It took him 341 games to get it, second only to Barry Pederson (316).
We expect the Bruins to be ruthless from the get-go and get in the face of the Canadiens. They’ll be in confident coming into this knowing how the Canadiens collapsed in their last.
Expect David Pastrnak to score anytime in Montreal.