Bruins To Maul The Canadians In Tonight's Showdown

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Sunday, February 12, 2017 6:06 PM GMT

The Boston Bruins fired Claude Julien and now they look like a different team but will that continue against their most bitter rival.  Champion handicapper Dana Lane tells you which side is going to cash another ticket for us tonight.

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I know this seems like the way I start every column but after the Blues and Canadiens cashed out for us last night, we've established another season high in win percentage and units won, as I ran my February record to 7-3.  I hope everyone is having a great year and thank you for all the kind words I've received but, of course, this season is far from over. 

 

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins 

Tonight, one of sports most bitter rivalries is renewed as the Montreal Canadiens travel to Beantown to take on the Boston Bruins in what could be a key game for Canadiens Head Coach Michel Therrien.  With General Manager Mark Bergevin holding a meeting several key players, it's clear that the Habs GM is not happy with the direction that team has gone in since starting the season 12-1-1.  They have to be the only organization who has led the Atlantic Division from start to finish and is thinking about firing their coach.  Problem is, the Atlantic crown is not a forgone conclusion now as Ottawa is just six points behind, owning four games in hand. A loss to the Bruins could push that process further, especially with Claude Julien being a free agent. 

 A loss for Montreal would be their sixth in seven games, failing to win back to back games since early January.

On the other side of the ice, Julien was replaced by Bruce Cassidy, I always want to write David or Shaun, but the real mystery is why the Bruins have seemed to have found some inspiration under Cassidy where they 2-0 since the move with two impressive wins over San Jose and Vancouver.

If I'm the Bruins I smell blood in the water against a team that has dominated them at the Garden. Montreal has won nine straight games in Boston but this version is having a difficult time scoring goals with just five goals in their five recent losses.

Word is that Brendan Gallagher could return to the line-up after being out a month with a broken hand but you know how I feel about key players returning, it takes awhile before they integrate themselves into the line-up so their return is actually a negative.

I believe the Canadiens are in trouble, on and off the ice, so let's go against the dysfunctional nature of the Habs and side with the more inspired of the two teams. 

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Free NHL Pick: Boston Bruins -143

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