Our NHL handicapping professional breaks down tonight’s game between the Bruins/Canadiens. Read this informative hockey betting preview article which includes a NHL free pick on the total.
Two Bitter Atlantic Division Rivals Square off
The Canadiens will entertain the Bruins today at the Belle Centre in Montreal with a scheduled start time of 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL Betting odds at Pinnacle, the Canadiens are a -120 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. These teams met once already this season, and Montreal was a 6-4 winner at home on October 16th. These teams are all too familiar with each other after having met 11-times last season, including a thrilling 7-game Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series won by Montreal.
Win Streak comes to a screeching Halt
The Boston Bruins entered last night’s game at Toronto riding a 5-game winning streak, and were ambushed by the Maple Leafs in a 6-1 blowout loss. It was also the first time in 6-games that Boston had allowed more than 2-goals in a game. The Bruins were planning on going with backup Niklas Svedberg in goal tonight since Tuuka Rask was last night’s starter. However, Rask was pulled early in last night’s loss, and replaced by Svedberg after allowing 4-goals on just 12-shots. With that being said, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Bruins will come right back with Rask tonight. After starting the season by seeing only 2 of their first 10-games go over the total, the Bruins have seen just 1 of the last 7 stay under the number.
Back on Track
The Montreal Canadiens began the season by winning 7 of the first 8-games. Then they proceeded to endure a funk that saw them lose 4 of the next 5. Since that time, they’ve regained the momentum by winning their last 3-games in a row. The Canadiens have seen just 1 of their previous 11-games go over the total, and have allowed 2-goals combined in the last 3-outings. The penalty killing has been outstanding so far this season for Montreal. However, the power play is of major concern right now. Montreal has converted on just a horrible 3-for-42 (7.1%) of their man advantage opportunities. Carey Price is slated to be in goal tonight for Montreal, and he’s 9-4 in his 13-starts with a .918 save percentage.
Montreal is coming off a 3-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets in their previous game. The Canadiens have gone under the total in 12 of their 14 home games the past 2-seasons, following a win by 3-goals or more, while the Bruins have gone over the total just once in their last 9-games, following a loss by 3-goals or more. For this NHL pick, we suggest you take the Total Under 5.0.
Free NHL Pick: Bruins/Canadiens to go Under 5.0 at 5Dimes