The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are two of the original six teams to start that NHL, and their rivalry is as strong as ever these days. Will the Habs make it 3 straight victories over the defending champions tonight?

The two Northeast Division opponents went toe-to-toe in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and have already squared off twice this season. The Habs swept both matchups on October 27th and October 29th, and they’ve dominated this series quite a bit lately.

Tim Thomas

The Bruins enter with an eight-game winning streak on the line and will try to change that, but history does have a tendency of repeating itself. 

Monday, November 21th

NHL odds boards list the Bruins at -135 with the total at 5.5. When it comes to making your NHL picks tonight, should you expect the Bruins to continue their streak, or will the Canadiens cash at the sportsbooks with yet another win over Boston?

The Boston Bruins can win because… 

They are hot as a pistol. They currently own the longest winning streak in the NHL right now with eight straight wins and they’ve been styling on their foes in recent outings. Only two of their eight wins in this recent steak came by less than two goals and they have outscored their opponents 42-14 in that span. 

Everyone knows that the Boston Bruins get consistent, rock-solid goaltending, which means that scoring is the key to their success. It’s not that all-world goaltender Tim Thomas was struggling before – he has a 1.92 GAA this season and hasn’t allowed more than three goals in any one game – but now that he’s getting support, his performances are starting to shine. 

He’s won five straight while allowing just eight goals in the process. When he’s getting support from his offense, the Bruins are tough to beat. 

They’ve lost twice to the Habs already but both losses came when the Bruins were in their early-season funk. Monday’s contest offers them a chance to prove that they have grown from that time.

The Montreal Canadiens can win because… 

The Habs have their number. 

Whether you want to look back to the postseason last year, where the Canadiens pushed the Bruins to overtime in the seventh and deciding game, or if you want to look at the first two meetings this season – both of which Montreal has won – the reality is that they just match up against Boston pretty well. As a matter of fact, the home-and-home series that the Canadiens swept still stands as Boston’s last losses. 

Montreal CanadiensPart of why the Habs play so well against Boston is because they know how to solve the Bruins netminders. Thomas has just 10 wins in 29 starts against Montreal while posting a 3.01 GAA. Meanwhile, Rask is 1-6-1 lifetime against Montreal with a 2.76 GAA. 

As for the Habs, they continue to get great efforts from their goaltender Carey Price. He’s posted back-to-back shutout wins and has allowed more than two goals in a game just once in his last 10 games. 

He has no problem facing Boston as he has a lifetime record of 15-4-2 against them with a 2.60 GAA. 

Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction: 

The Bruins are playing very well right now but it’s not like the Canadiens are slacking. They are 4-1-1 in their last six and are coming off an impressive shutout of the New York Rangers, who had previously won seven straight.

This is a tough call as Montreal seems to have Boston’s number. As mentioned above, both Bruins goaltenders struggle against the Canadiens and the Habs have won seven of the last 10 meetings at home and 14 of the last 21 meetings overall. 

Take a flier on the Habs Monday night as they’ll find a way to keep Boston’s main weapons in check. 

NHL Picks: Canadiens