Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/1/14
Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8) at Boston Bruins (54-19-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins begin their second round match up at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins and Habs have quite a bit of history going as they face each other for the 34th time in the postseason thanks to the Canadiens sweeping Tampa Bay and Boston ousting Detroit in five games of their respective opening round series. Boston is the big favorite in this series with good reason as the President 's Trophy winners but Montreal is an intriguing opponent given they have beaten the B's in three of four on the season.
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At this point we know what each team has accomplished during the season but what matters is what they can do to each other which is not as cut and dried as the season series indicates. Backup Peter Budaj was in the nets for three meetings going 2-1 with a 1.95 GAA while starter Carey Price gave up a goal in his lone start but does it matter about how well Budaj played in this rivaly because his chances of seeing the ice are slim and none.
On the flip side Tuukka Rask started in all four meetings and won once although his performance was none too shabby with a 1.94 GAA and .932 save percentage. The Habs leading scorers in this series was Max Pacioretty and defenseman Alexei Emelin with two goals each while Patrice Bergeron score twice and added a helper for the Bruins and was responsible for the winning goal in the lone victory.
The special teams need to be watched with the Bruins going 6-16 with the man advantage against Detroit while the Habs PK was just 71.4%. The key for Montreal is to get scoring from somebody other then Pacioretty as the Bruins have four lines capable of scoring. The key for Boston is to use their size and wear their opponents down while not being over zealous and committing penalties. Waiting for a line so I'll look at this further so please check back...