Boston Bruins (17-12-4) at Montreal Canadiens (17-11-5)
|Date & Time||Monday December 17, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -115 / Boston Bruins +104 --- Over/Under: 6
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens meet Monday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Boston Bruins could use a feel good win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 21 goals, Brad Marchand has 23 assists and David Krejci has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 38 goals on 455 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 556 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 12.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Domi leads Montreal with 14 goals, Jeff Petry has 18 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 73 goals on 744 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 33 goals on 266 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
The Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 8-20 in their last 28 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games. The Canadiens are 8-20 in their last 28 games following a win, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Bruins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Canadiens last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall.
The Boston Bruins have owned the Montreal Canadiens over the years, but they're also god awful on the road and they're playing on the end of a back to back. The Montreal Canadiens have played their best hockey by far on their home ice and have improved big time over the last couple of weeks defensively. I'll ignore the history between these two teams and side with Montreal at home and the cheap price. It's hard to back the Bruins on the road these days.