Bruins vs. Canadiens Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Nov 24, 2018

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The Canadiens have had no trouble scoring goals for the most part this season. Max Domi has led the team with 11 goals and 26 points.

Boston
49-24-6-3
AT
November 24, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
44-30-8
Puckline -1.5 +235
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +5.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

Puckline +1.5 -290
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +5.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

The Montreal Canadiens have struggled with consistency all season. That’s something they will hope to correct as they return home to the Bell Centre for a five-game home stand. Montreal will host the Boston Bruins in the first of five straight at home on Saturday night. The Canadiens are 6-3-2 on home ice so far this season. Montreal secured one of its most impressive victories against the Bruins earlier this year with a 3-0 win on Oct. 27. Now they will try to double down with a similar result in the rematch as they try to gain some positive momentum against one of their biggest rivals. Boston is dealing with a substantial amount of key injuries and could be vulnerable as both teams play their second games in as many nights.

Bruins vs Canadiens Betting Analysis

The Bruins had dropped three of four games heading in to Friday night’s date with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Boston has struggled on the road so far this season with a 4-4-4 record away from home. The Bruins have been strong on the puck line so far this season with a 12-9 puckline record overall. However, Boston has just one win in its last five road games dating back to Nov. 3.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens have earned at least a point in three of their last four home games. Montreal is coming off back-to-back losses to fall to 11-11 on the puck line this season. The Canadiens took the first meeting of the season between these teams with a 3-0 win.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins followed up Thanksgiving Thursday at home with a game against the Penguins on Friday before flying out to play Montreal less than 24 hours later. It will be interesting to see if the travel takes a toll on Boston in the second of games on back-to-back nights. The Bruins are 3-0-1 in the second of games on back-to-back nights so far this season.

It won’t be easy to beat a team that shut them out on home ice in their first meeting without Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy. Injuries have certainly taken their toll on Boston of late and it won’t help that this team will have to deal with the quick turnaround after travelling. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have been held without a goal in each of their last three games since being broken up and it will be interesting to see if that trend continues. The Bruins have relied heavily on their top scorers to produce over the past couple of years. With Bergeron out, Marchand and Pastrnak haven’t been nearly as productive and that could hurt Boston when they visit Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens have had no trouble scoring goals for the most part this season. Max Domi has led the team with 11 goals and 26 points. Meanwhile, Jonathan Drouin and Tomas Tatar have both been excellent up front with 19 points and 17 points respectively. While the offence has been fire, the Habs have had a very difficult time keeping pucks out of their net consistently. Shea Weber is close to returning from injury but until he does the Montreal defence will need to step up and be better in front of Carey Price.

Price, who turned away all 33 shots he faced in the first meeting with the Bruins, has allowed five goals in each of his last two starts. Price has flashed the ability to steal games for the Canadiens this season but consistency behind an inconsistent defence core has been a major issue. If Price can step up and shut down the Boston attack again on Saturday night then Montreal will have a good chance to win this game. The Bruins are dealing with a number of key injuries, so look for the Canadiens to take advantage with a big win on home ice.

Bruins vs. Canadiens Prediction

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