NHL Picks: Canadiens vs. Bruins Game 2

David Lawrence

Friday, May 2, 2014 1:29 PM GMT

Friday, May. 2, 2014 1:29 PM GMT

The Montreal Canadiens cashed for us on the NHL odds as a big dog in Game 1. Now they’re in the driver’s seat as we head into Game 2. Look for the Boston Bruins to throw their best punch here as they can’t afford to dig an 0-2 hole.

The Montreal Canadiens Can Win Because…
They’ll do more of the same as they did in Game 1: use their speed to create opportunities. The Bruins are a big, physical team but it doesn’t seem to faze the Habs. They still use their speed to create opportunities and goals. Think about this: they scored four goals in Game 1. The Bruins allowed a total of six goals in total through five games of Round 1.

This is no accident. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has now lost 14 of 17 career starts against the Habs. They’ll do more of what they always do: dominate the Bruins.

 

The Boston Bruins Can Win Because…
Carey Price isn’t going to play like that again in this series. Sure, he is a good goaltender, but he was incredible in Game 1. If Boston continues to do what they did, they’ll end up with a win in Game 2.

Just look at the numbers: they outshot the Habs 51-33 and took only one penalty in regulation (two more in overtime). Two of the Habs goals came on power plays. If they can do a better job of killing off penalties, which they are normally better at, and they can keep the pressure on the Habs and price, they’ll break through.

 

Outlook & Pick
Boston should win Game 2 but laying nearly -200 with your NHL picks is a tad crazy. The Habs have now won six of their last eight visits to Boston. 

Instead, I’ll take the over. We’ve got a low total of five here but Boston should get at least two or three goals if they’re to win. As for the Habs, they always seem to find a way to score at least a couple on Rask, so that should get us at least a push.

[gameodds]7/284405/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Free NHL Pick: Over 5 at TheGreek

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