Montreal Canadiens (28-20-5) at Boston Bruins (34-15-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 30, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Boston Bruins -178 / Montreal Canadiens +162 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Canadiens head into the TD Garden looking to bridge the gap in the Atlantic division standings as the Bruins hold a 10 point advantage over their archrivals.
The Canadiens got back in the win column after an ugly four game losing streak had their fans in a panic and after being called out for his lackluster play during that stretch HJabs goalie Carey Price responded with a shutout in the team’s last contest. Montreal is a team looking to make amends after a very poor outing in last year’s playoffs in which they were swept by the seventh seeded Senators and while they started off strong this season things have cooled off quite a bit lately. The Canadiens always seem to get up for rivalry games however and this one should be no different as there is no love lost between these two and with division and plauoff implications at stake the atmosphere in the Garden will likely be one of a playoff atmosphere. Price is expected to start for the Habs as he goes head to head with Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins head into tonight’s contest with a four point edge on the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the division but trail the Penguins by five points for the top mark in the Conference which would secure home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The B’s suffered as bad a loss as anyone in last year’s postseason as they were up late in game six of the Cup finals against the Blackhawks before allowing two goals in 17 seconds that ultimately gave the game and the series to Chicago. However, the B’s have responded by having another strong season and are certainly a favourite to win the Eastern Conference again as it seems to be a two horse race with them and the Penguins. Boston will look to send the Habs to their fifth loss in six games in what should be a dog fight between two bitter rivals and while I think the Bruins get the best of the Canadiens here they are a lot closer than this line indicates. Either way I think we see a tight, defensive battle where goaltending will be the feature and as such I think this one stays under the number.