One of the most storied and heated rivalries in pro hockey will re-ignite this evening when the 3-0-1 Montreal Canadiens enter the TD Garden to face off with the 3-1-0 Boston Bruins. This matchup has been incredibly one-sided over the past few seasons and with the best goalie in the world back between the pipes for Montreal, the needle could be moving even further in the direction of the Canadiens.
- The Canadiens are 9-2 in their last 11 games against the Bruins.
- The total has gone UNDER in the Bruins’ last 3 games.
- The Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 games on the road against the Bruins.
Carey Price is, of course, the man I’m speaking of for the Habs. He has not lost a game against the Bruins since the 2012-2013 season – that’s seven straight wins – and has a .923 career save percentage against Boston. In his 2014-15 Vezina and Hart Trophy-winning season, Price went 4-0 with a .950 save percentage and one shutout in his four starts against the Bruins. No. 31 made his first start of the season in a 5-2 win against the Coyotes earlier this week and looks to be back to all-star caliber.
Claude Julien has not released who will be starting in net for the Bruins tonight but it’s possible Tuukka Rask (3-0, .947 SV%) misses the game tonight due to the “general soreness” his head coach said was the reason he missed Friday’s practice. Anton Khudobin will get the start if Rask is unable to suit up and that would hurt the Black and Yellow’s odds significantly as the Bruins’ No. 2 allowed four goals on just 24 shots his only start thus far.
Boston has won two straight games but considering the Bruins have lost seven straight after winning consecutive games and Montreal has yet to lose in regulation this year, the plus-money on the Canadiens’ moneyline seems like a no-brainer.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans looking to back the visiting Montreal Canadiens before puck drop in this match found them as 101 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4-1.6 win for the Canadiens. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Bruins sit at 3-1-0 on the season; in comparison, the Montreal Canadiens are currently 3-0-1. Looking to wager on the totals? Boston is 1-3 OU, and Montreal is 2-2 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Montreal injuries news.
The Boston Bruins sit at No. 9 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds – Shark
, while the Montreal Canadiens sit at a No. 27 on the same chart.
Offensively, the game matches up the Boston Bruins No. 13-ranked offense (3.25 goals per game) against a Montreal Canadiens defense that ranks No. 3 at 1.75 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 7.14% rate while the Canadiens have a 94.74% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Last time out for Montreal, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Coyotes at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at -187 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
The Bruins were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -162 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.
- Montreal is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Montreal’s last 13 games
- Montreal is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- Boston is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Montreal
- Boston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Montreal
Next Betting Matchups
Montreal home to Philadelphia, Monday, October 24th
Boston home to Minnesota, Tuesday, October 25th