Boston Bruins (15-12-2) at Montreal Canadiens (19-6-3)
|Date & Time||Monday December 12, 2016, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -147 / Boston Bruins +133 --- Over/Under: 5
The Montreal Canadiens look for an encore after blowing out the Avalanche on Saturday as they host the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on Monday.
The Bruins look to hand their arch rivals just their second regulation loss at home this season and seventh overall as the two bitter rivals do battle in Montreal on Monday night in what could be preview of the Atlantic division final in the Eastern Conference playoffs this season. Boston has had a decent start to the year and are 8-5-1 on the road this season but they will have their work cut out for them as the Canadiens are 14-1-1 on home ice this season and a league leading 19-6-2 through their first 27 games and are looking like the Cup contender many expected to see in the preseason. Boston will likely send Tuukka Rask to the crease as he looks to continue his exceptional season as he will face off against Carey Price who continues to prove he is one of if not the best goaltender in the world.
The Canadiens are coming off a 10-1 thumping of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night and will look to avoid a let down in this one against their bitter rivals from Boston in what is a very light night on the ice but carries a ton of excitement. Montreal has been on fire to start the year and are showing no signs of slowing down despite losing youngster Alex Galchenyuk for an extended period of time due to a knee injury, which may end up being felt in the near future. Montreal is smiling ear to ear right now with the way things have worked out in their offseason trade with the Predators, and while PK Subban may end up being the better long term option, Shea Weber has been remarkable in his Montreal debut season and will be a key part in their pursuit of a win tonight against Boston.
The Bruins are 40-16 in their last 56 Monday games and 1-4 in their last five road games while the Canadiens are 5-1 in their last six playing on one day’s rest and 24-8 in their last 32 home games. This should be an exciting game and one that should be played tight to the vest and with Rask and Price squaring off this one screams an easy under.