Boston Bruins Travel to Montreal to Face the Canadiens
The Boston Bruins will head to the Bell Centre on Monday evening to take on the Montreal Canadiens in an Eastern Conference matchup. This will be the third of four games against one another so far; Boston picked up a 5-1 home victory back on January 12.
The Bruins are fourth in the Atlantic Division (27-19-5. 79 points), while the Canadiens are last in all of the National Hockey League (16-36-8, 40 points).
These two franchises have some solid players on the ice in their starting lineup, so we should be in for a solid match.
Game Preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens March 21
The Bruins are doing pretty well on the offensive side of things as they are scoring 2.98 goals on 35.2 shots this season. Right winger David Pastrnak is tied for seventh in the league in goals and tied for 21st in the sport in points as he has 61 points (33 goals, 28 assists). He added four points in his previous four games.
They are doing well on the defensive side of things as they are giving up 2.67 goals on 29 shot attempts. Goalie Linus Ullmark has been doing pretty well this season for Boston as he is 18-9-2 with a .908 save percentage and 2.74 goals allowed per game.
Center Nick Suzuki is leading Montreal in all three facets of the game as he is posting 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists). He added six points in his last five games.
As a franchise, they are averaging 2.47 goals on 29.8 shot attempts. Sam Montembeault has been struggling so far as he is 7-13-5 with 3.71 goals allowed per game and a .894 save percentage right now. The team as a whole is allowing 3.82 goals on 33.7 shots per game against them.
Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Betting Prediction
With a major difference in the standings, this game can be a little bit of an upset as this is the Trade Deadline day, and I would not be shocked if the Bruins make a move in an attempt to get better and that shortens their line changes.
The major difference is on the offensive side of the ice in the previous five games, as Boston is averaging 2.6 goals in that span while Montreal is scoring 3.6 goals in that stretch of games.
The Bruins are currently sitting at 22-39 against the spread, while the Canadiens are 28-32 against the spread this season.
We should be in for a close match. All in all, go with the Montreal Canadiens to keep the match close on the puck line but lose the game outright.
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