Bet Bruins -130 over Canadiens in Game 4

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, May 8, 2014 1:11 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 8, 2014 1:11 PM GMT

Ross Benjamin has gone 5-0 the last 3-days, and 11-2 with his last 13 Stanley Cup Playoff selections right here at SBR. Tonight he has an NHL free pick in the Boston and Montreal Game 4 clash.

Pivotal Game 5 Bruins versus Canadiens
The Canadiens host the Bruins on Thursday at the Belle Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with the opening face-off slated for 7:35 PM ET. This will be Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series in which Montreal leads 2-1. According to NHL betting odds Boston is a -130 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.0. Montreal has defeated Boston is 8 of their last 10 meetings. These clubs have seen just 1 of their last 6 head-to-head encounters stay under the total.

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No Time to Panic for the Bruins
It’s as close to a must game for the Bruins tonight than they would’ve hoped for at this juncture. They can ill afford to lose tonight and fall into a 3-1 hole in the series. That occurrence certainly wouldn’t be an insurmountable deficit for a team the caliber of Boston, but the odds would certainly be stacked against them. The Bruins will also look to avoid a deficit of 2-goals or more tonight, which they’ve encountered in each of the first 3-games of this series. They were able to storm back in Game 2 of the series by scoring 4 answered goals in the final 10 minutes of the 3rd period to escape for a 5-3 win. However, having to continually fight back from 2-goal deficits in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is more times than not a recipe for disaster. On a positive note, Boston has outshot the Canadiens in this series by a combined 114-87.

Take a Look at the Canadiens vs. Bruins Series Price!

Counting on Rask to Play Big
The Bruins will be counting on Tuukka Rask to step up his game. Rask has been less than stellar so far in this series posting a below average .884 save percentage. Rask was terrific in the Bruins opening round win against Detroit, especially in the last 4-games of that series when he allowed just 3-goals, and posted a brilliant .972 save percentage. Boston has gone just 2-6 in their last 8 road games. The Bruins have gone over the total in 11 of 13 road games this season when facing a division opponent.

 

The Price is Right
The Canadiens have to be elated by the play of their star goaltender Carey Price, who’s arguably put together a career year to this point. Price has gone 6-1 so far this postseason with a rock solid .912 save percentage. Price enters tonight having gone 17-4 in his last 21 starts while posting an outstanding .932 save percentage in those outings. Price was also the #1 goaltender on Team Canada’s 2014 gold medal winning team in Sochi.

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Primed for the Upset of a Bitter Rival
The Canadiens know with a win tonight they can take a firm hold of the series, and put the #1 seed overall in the NHL Playoffs on the brink of elimination. The flip side of that equation is a loss would find the series tied at 2-2 heading back to Boston, and Montreal will have also surrendered home ice advantage in doing so. This is a Canadiens team which is playing with a lot of confidence right now, and going back to the end of the regular season has gone 17-5 in their previous 22-games. Montreal has scored 26-goals in 7 playoff games, and has scored 3 or more in all 7. Montreal has gone a dismal 6-18 at home the last 3 seasons following a game in which they scored 4-goals or more.

 

Final Analysis
There’s a ton of character and veteran leadership in that Bruins dressing room. The core group of this team has been to the Stanley Cup Finals twice in the past 3 postseasons, and won’t be rattled when facing adversity at this time of the year. I look for Boston to play their best game of the 2014 playoffs thus far in tonight’s game.

Free Hockey Pick: Boston -130 over Montreal

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