Bruins vs. Canadiens NHL Picks: Ancient Rivals Face off in Montreal

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Saturday, November 7, 2015 4:32 PM GMT

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 4:32 PM GMT

The Bruins look to rebound from two consecutive losses while the Canadiens sit perched atop the Eastern Conference standings. Let's review the NHL odds & find the right side to back in our NHL picks.

Boston Bruins (6-6 SU, +0.0 units)
The Bruins have been road warriors this season, maintaining a perfect record on the highway until they met up with Washington in their last outing. The B's were blitzed by Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals en route to a 4-1 defeat. Boston has given up nine goals over their last two which harkens back to their first six games of the season where the defense was disconnected and the goaltending suspect. The B's had seemingly figured that out and went on a four game winning streak but losses against Dallas and Washington, where they allowed a combined nine goals, has proven that there is still a long road to hoe. Boston is currently ranked a dismal 28th in goals allowed surrendering 3.3 per game.

Conversely their offense has been a pleasant surprise. It's a mighty good thing too for Bruins' fans because had the offense not clicked this would not be a .500 team. The NHL Odds makers are returning +125 on your money if you back them in your NHL Picks tonight in Montreal.

The goaltenders are not confirmed as of this early Saturday morning analysis but Tuukka Rask has played the bulk of the games, as you would imagine a Vezina Trophy winner to do, but he has not been the Tuukka of old. Rask is 3-5-1 with a 3.47 GAA and a .879 save percentage this year. His backup, Jonas Gustavsson, has not lost a game this season and sports a 3-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .914 save percentage. We shall see who the Bruins elect to tend the twine in this one but giving Rask a rest might not be the worst strategy even in such an important divisional matchup.

 

Montreal Canadiens (12-3 SU, +7.8 units)
Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge is quickening heart rates in Montreal as their team has sprung out to a meteoric start with a 12-2-1 record and a league leading 25 points on the season. The Canadiens are tops in the league in goals scored, averaging a whopping 3.7 per game while their defense ranks 3rd allowing only 1.8 goals per game. That is a recipe for success particularly when your special teams (power play and penalty killing units) are ranked 3rd in the NHL as well.

Perhaps one of the most inspiring aspects of their early success is the play of backup goaltender and suburban Boston native Mike Condon. When the lower body injury to All-Star netminder Carey Price occurred on October 29th in a rare loss to the Edmonton Oilers, hearts sank in Montreal and eyes turned towards Condon. All he has done since is recorded a 3-0-1 mark which takes him to 5-0-1 on the season with a dazzling 1.50 goals against average.

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NHL Pick
The Canadiens have owned Boston over the recent past with seven consecutive victories by a combined 27-9 margin including a 4-2 win earlier this season. Rask has not shined brightly in those meetings with a 3.34 GAA and losses in six of those seven games. The Canadiens are just flat out better in all aspects of the game at this point in the season. The only possibility of Boston winning is to trade goals with the Habs and that prospect is unlikely when considering Montreal's stingy defense and the stellar play of Mike Condon in relief of Carey Price.

Free NHL Pick: Play Montreal -135 at Heritage

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