Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction 3/14/2024

The Boston Bruins (38-14-15) travel to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (25-30-10) on Thursday, March 14th. This game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal and televised on ESPN+. The Canadiens are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bruins are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Blues. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

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The Boston Bruins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Heading into tonight’s game, the Boston Bruins have an overall record of 38-14-15 and are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. In the Atlantic Division, they are also in 2nd place. Over their last ten games, the Bruins have gone 4-6, and in their last five games, they have gone 3-2.

On the road this season, Boston has a record of 17-6-9 and have been favored in 57 of their 67 games this season. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins have gone 22-14.

On the season, the Bruins have an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game, and they have 27 wins by multiple goals. So far, Boston’s puck line record is 34-33, and they are 24-33 against the puck line when favored.

Over their last 10 games, the Bruins have gone 5-5 against the puck line, and they are 4-6 vs. the puck line in their last ten road games. Overall, their puck line record on the road is 16-16, and they have 11 wins by just one goal.

Following a 5-1 loss at home to the Blues, the Bruins are eager to bounce back. On offense, the Bruins did not find the net in the first or second period but scored one goal in the third period. Boston’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 37 shots on goal in total.

Boston was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 5.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 6 goals.

The Montreal Canadiens Are Coming Off A Win

Montreal comes into this game with a record of 25-30-10 and sits in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone just 3-7, and they have lost two straight games as the underdog.

At home this season, Montreal has gone 13-17-3, and as the underdog, they have gone 20-29-10. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, the Canadiens have gone 13-25.

Montreal enters the game with a puck line record of 42-23 and an average scoring margin of -0.7 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have 16 wins by one goal and nine wins by multiple goals.

As the underdog, Montreal has a puck line record of 40-19, including a current streak of two straight wins vs. the puck line. In their last 10 home games, the Canadiens have gone 8-2 against the puck line.

Facing the Blue Jackets in their last game, the Canadiens won by a score of 3-0. The Canadiens started strong on offense with three times in the first period, but they couldn’t find the net again for the rest of the game. Of Montreal’s three goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 23 shots on goal and 16 giveaways.

Montreal secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 3 goals.

Boston Offense Breakdown

The Bruins come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 8th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 16th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Bruins offense is 10th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.

This season, the Bruins’ have an over/under record of 32-34-1. Throughout the season, they have played 34 games that did not exceed the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.

Canadiens Offense Breakdown

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Offensively, the Canadiens come into the game at 2.8 goals per contest placing 27th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 27th position in the league. Montreal’s offense is currently ranked 18th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 20th in the league.

So far, the Canadiens have an over/under record of 33-30-2. Coming into the game, they have played 37 games that went beyond the 5.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.3 goals per game.

Boston Team Defense

Defensively, the Bruins are currently 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.2 shots per game against Boston. They also are 9th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Montreal Team Defense

In terms of defense, the Canadiens head into the game ranked 4th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.7 shots per game against Montreal. So far, they are 24th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.

Bruins vs Canadiens Trends

  • Through their last three road contests, the Bruins offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Boston posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, Montreal has an puck line record of 5-0 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
  • Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Canadiens have a strong record vs the puck line going 4-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-4.
  • In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Bruins have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their puck line record was 2-1 in these scenarios.

Bruins vs Canadiens Prediction

For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Canadiens to pick up on a win over the Bruins at home. With the moneyline sitting at +187, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Canadiens straight-up.

Our projections have the Canadiens pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Canadiens, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.

For those looking at the over/under line set at 5.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.

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