Montreal Canadiens (31-18-8) at Boston Bruins (28-23-6)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 12, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -135 / Montreal Canadiens +122 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Boston Bruins look to build on their home ice win against the Vancouver Canucks last night as they welcome their bitter rivals in the Montreal Canadiens to town on Sunday.
The Canadiens look to shake out of their current funk as they head into the TD Garden to face off against their Original Six rivals as both teams look to cement their place in the Atlantic division playoffs. However, the Canadiens haven’t been doing themselves any favours of late as they have been in a tailspin over the last few weeks and what was once the biggest divisional gap in hockey has shrunken considerably and now the Habs have pushed the panic button with the trade deadline looming as they need some serious help offensively. Montreal will get Carey Price back in the crease here after Al Montoya got the call last night against the Blues and the former league MVP will face off against Tuukka Rask who returns to action after being a spectator last night as well.
The Bruins meanwhile look to continue their recent success against divisional foes as they are 7-2 in their last nine against the Atlantic and you can be sure they would love to send the fans home happy in this one against their biggest rival. Boston has struggled when playing the back end of a double header though and will get Montreal’s best here as they are certainly frustrated with how they have been playing lately and with Price back in the crease I think it is safe to say that this will be a tightly contested matchup. However, the Bruins can take advantage of a Montreal side that is 2-5 in their last seven road games and has lost four of their last five overall with the Rask having another strong season the Bruins should feel comfortable that they can keep the anemic Montreal offense at bay.
The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last five against the Eastern Conference and 1-8 in their last nine when playing the third game of a 3-4 set while the Bruins are 11-27 in their last 38 in the back end of a double header and 1-5 in their last six in the third game of a 3-4 set. This should be an exciting game and I think the Bruins are getting a bit too much love here, and while I do think they get the win it’ll be a very close game that should stay under the number.