Price Is Right as Habs Goalie Passes Patrick Roy With Win at Bruins

Jimmy Murphy

Friday, October 26, 2018 5:14 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 5:14 PM UTC

Canadiens goalie Carey Price needs one more win for 290 career and to pass Hall of Famer Patrick Roy on the all-time franchise wins list. He’ll get that record-breaker against his team’s archrivals, the Bruins, as the two teams renew one of the best rivalries in sports in Boston Saturday night.

Murphy Season Record: 17-13-2

Montreal (5-2-2, 5-4 ATS) at Boston (6-2-2, 6-4 ATS)Saturday 7:05 PM ETFree NHL Pick: Canadiens PLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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No one expected the Montreal Canadiens to do anything except compete for the right to draft top prospect Jack Hughes at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver next June. Montreal came into the season at BetOnline as +10,000 to win the Stanley Cup. Yet here they are heading into Boston for a huge Atlantic Division tilt at 5-2-2 trailing the second place Bruins with 12 points and currently +5000 to hoist Lord Stanley in June, instead of drafting the first pick overall. Now that’s not saying that the Habs are about to go from rags to riches, but couldn’t hurt to lay down a soft future on the Bleu, Blanc Rouge right now because - as the 1993 Canadiens proved - you just never know!

What you should do though, is lay down even more on the Habs money line Saturday as they will pull off the upset and once again be a thorn on the sides of their arch-rival Bruins as they have done so many times over the course of this storied rivalry. Yes the Habs went 0-4-0-2 against the B’s last season and yes, goalie Carey Price struggled as he finished 0-2-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .903 save percentage against Boston, but Price is healthy this season and he’s also on the verge of history as he can pass Roy for most wins by a Canadiens goalie with a win at TD Garden Saturday. He and the surprising Canadiens will get that W and pull into a tie for second in the Atlantic Division. Montreal let one slip away in a 4-3 loss at Buffalo Thursday and they will want to redeem themselves and win one not just for Price, but for their head coach Claude Julien, who coached in Boston for ten seasons. This 2018-19 Habs team is playing like a team and cares about each other and their coach, and that goes a long way not just overall but in big time games like this one against the Bruins.

The Canadiens, 1-1-2 on the road and 1-3 against the spread (5-4 overall) away from the friendly confines of the Bell Centre, have been a well balanced team, scoring 30 and allowing 25. They’re 4-4-1 on the over/under and 3-0-1 on the road. Montreal is 6-3 on the puck line and 3-1 on the road.

Max Domi - who had 2 lamplighters Thursday - has 4 goals and 6 assists and leads the team in points with 10. Defenseman Jeff Petry leads the team in assists with 8 and has 9 points to lead the blue line in scoring. Forward Brendan Gallagher leads the team in goals with 5 lamplighters.

The Bruins, 6-2-2 overall and with 14 points, are undefeated with a 4-0-0 record at TD Garden and have won every game by more than one goal at home, going 4-0 on the puck line at home and 6-4 overall. The Bruins have scored 34 goals and allowed 24. They’re 4-6-0 on the over/under and 2-2 at home.

The Bruins, who so far have lived up to expectations as a Stanley Cup contender, coming into the season at +1100 and are now +1000, are led by their amazing top line of Brad Marchand (leads team with 11 assists)-Patrice Bergeron (leads team with 16 points-David Pastrnak (leads team with 10 goals). For the first time this season though, that trio was held pointless Thursday night against the Flyers. The good thing is the Bruins got two goals from Zdeno Chara and one from their second line, by Jake DeBrusk and still won 3-0. It will be interesting to see how Julien tries to shutdown the B’s top line. He has done a great job adjusting and adapting this season and the read here, considering he knows his former players well, is he will do so again.
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Kotkaniemi won't have any of the Sens touching Carey Price, so he takes matters into his own hands.

Price clearly loves it. pic.twitter.com/OqxvNbCmUz

— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) October 21, 2018
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Goaltending Matchup

For the Habs Price is 3-1-0-2 with a 2.48 GAA and .906 save percentage. He is 24-11-5 with a 2.42 GAA and .921 save percentage against the Bruins lifetime.

For the Bruins, Rask will get the start against a team that has historically caused nightmares for him. Yes he got the monkey off his back, beating the Habs for the first time in five years last season and going 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .935 save percentage, but he is 10-15-3 with a 2.41 GAA and .917 save percentage lifetime against Montreal. He’s also off to a subpar start this season at 3-2-0 with a 3.38 GAA and .901 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report

For the Canadiens, forward Tomas Plekanec is week-to-week with a back injury; forward Jake Evans is day-to-day with a concussion; defenseman David Schlemko is out until mid-November with a knee injury and Shea Weber remains on IR with a knee injury, but has been skating with the team.

For the Bruins, as mentioned above, their defense has been decimated by injuries thus far. Torey Krug started the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury but is skating and nearing a return. Kevan Miller is day to day with a hand injury; Charlie McAvoy is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and rookie Urho Vaakanainen was concussed Tuesday in Ottawa and is day-to-day. Up front, David Backes is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Prediction: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0

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