The Montreal Canadiens (19-19-7) travel to face off against the Boston Bruins (27-8-9) on Saturday, January 20th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on ESPN+. The Bruins are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Canadiens are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Senators. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Canadiens vs Bruins
The Montreal Canadiens Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the road this season, the Canadiens have gone 10-8-4, and they are 4-9 in divisional matchups. In the Eastern Conference, Montreal is 13th and 19-19-7 overall. As the underdog, the Canadiens are 16-18-7 this year and have gone 2-1 in their last three games.
Over their last ten games, Montreal has gone 4-6, and they are 6th in the Atlantic Division. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, the Canadiens are 10-13.
On the road this season, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 15-7, and their average scoring margin away from home is at -0.5 goals per game. So far, Montreal has dropped 13 games by more than one goal.
Coming into this game, the Canadiens have an overall puck line record of 28-17, and their puck line record as the underdog is at 28-13. In their last ten games, Montreal has a puck line record of 7-3.
Following a 6-2 loss on the road to the Senators, the Canadiens are eager to bounce back. In the first period against the Senators, the Canadiens scored one goal, in addition to scoring one time in the 3rd period. In the game, Montreal managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 23 shots on goal and committed 9 turnovers.
As the underdog, Montreal suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 8 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 7 goals set for the game.
The Boston Bruins Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Bruins have been dominant, going 14-3-3, and they are currently riding a three-game winning streak at home. Overall, they have won three straight games and are 27-8-9 on the year.
Against Eastern Conference opponents, Boston has gone 16-10 this season. In the Atlantic Division, they are in first place, and they have been favored in 38 of their 44 games this year.
At home this season, the Bruins have gone 12-8 vs. the puck line, and they have a puck line mark of 24-20 overall. So far, Boston has won 20 games by multiple goals, and they have an average scoring margin of +.8 goals per game.
As the favorite, the Bruins are 18-20 vs. the puck line, and they have gone 6-4 vs. the puck line in their last 10 games. In their last three games, Boston has gone 2-1 vs. the puck line, and they are 3-0 vs. the puck line in their last three home games.
In their previous game, the Bruins hosted the Avalanche and game away with a 5-2 win. The Bruins managed to find the net two times in the 3rd period against the Avalanche, following their three goals in the first period. Of Boston’s five goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 31 shots on goal and had 12 giveaways.
Boston also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
Montreal Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Canadiens come in averaging 2.7 goals per game this season, which is 27th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 25th in the league. This year, the Canadiens have recorded a 4-3 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 15-15 record.
For the season, the over/under record of the Canadiens’ stands at 23-21-1. They have had 23 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Bruins Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 9th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 16th in the league. This year, the Bruins have recorded a 12-0 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 14-7 record.
The Bruins’ come into the game with an over/under record of 23-21-0. Over the course of last season, they had 38 games that did not surpass the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games was 5.9 per game.
Montreal Team Defense
Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 29th in takeaways, averaging 5.3 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 3rd in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Boston Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Bruins head into the game ranked 8th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.6 shots per game against Boston. So far, they are 7th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Canadiens vs Bruins Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Montreal has an puck line record of 4-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Across their last five home contests, Boston has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 4-1. Their overall mark in these games was 4-1, while averaging 5 goals per game.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Boston has an puck line mark of 3-0 while going 1-2 straight up.
- Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Canadiens have a good straight up record, but their puck line mark is just 1-4.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Canadiens to pick up on a win over the Bruins and the road. With the moneyline sitting at +231, 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.
With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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