Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens - 3/3/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (25-29-10) at Boston Bruins (39-15-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -220 / Montreal Canadiens +197 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after splitting their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 21 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 23 assists and Max Pacioretty has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 124 goals on 1,296 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 283 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.
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The Boston Bruins look to remain hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 27 goals, Brad Marchand has 36 assists and David Pastrnak has 165 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 93 goals on 1,149 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 52 goals on 642 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-21 in their last 28 road games and 8-20 in their last 28 overall. The Bruins are 67-33 in their last 100 Saturday games, 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. The Canadiens are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Boston, 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
The juice on this game is something I usually avoid, and it's probably a better bet to consider the puck line if you're into those kind of things. The Montreal Canadiens have little success playing on the end of back to backs, and they've been even worse on the road all season. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins are one of the hotter teams in the league recently and will continue to be in games as long as their defense holds up. I'll take the Bruins, but the spread to give the wager actual value.