Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/12/14
Boston Bruins (54-19-9) at Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +120 / Boston Bruins -140 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
The Boston Bruins look to wrap up their series with the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The Bruins regained the home ice advantage and took control of their series with the Canadiens thanks to a 4-2 home victory on Saturday. The way this series has played out I don't think it matters where these teams play. This was probably the most complete game Boston has played from start to finish as they got the lead and maintained it.
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The Bruins fashioned a 3-1 lead heading in to the final frame and went up 4-1 to sew it up with the Habs scoring a meaningless goal late. Carl Soderberg led the offense with a goal and a pair of assists while Jarome Iginla, Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson joining the scoring column. Tuukka Rask made the scoring stand up with a 29 save performance to pick up the win. Brendan Gallagher and PK Subban provided the Canadiens offense while Carey Price recorded 26 stops.
Having watched this series closely I admit I don't have a great feel for it at times and most of the time it's because Boston looks good and bad in spurts while Montreal has been more steady in my view. Regardless of what happens the Habs do play the Bruins as tough as any team but we saw the key to beating the Canadiens is scoring early and forcing them to play catch up throughout instead of playing from behind themselves and depending on a late rally to erase two periods of average play. I'm waiting for the line to settle but have a slight lean on Boston...