This will be the fourth and final regular season meeting between the Habs and the Bruins, as the Canadiens travel to Boston tonight.
The Montreal Canadiens are now a very middling 27-24-7 on the season for fifth place in the Atlantic Division. The Boston Bruins are looking like a force to be reckoned with in the league (despite a surprising loss earlier this week to the Red Wings) with a 34-11-12 season record so far and an amazing home record of 19-2-9. They are in first place in the Atlantic Division and are number one in the Eastern Conference.
Canadiens vs. Bruins Betting Analysis
The playoffs are fading into the distance for the beleaguered Canadiens, whose 27-24-7 record puts them 8 points below Philadelphia for a wild-card spot. The Bruins aren’t have as tough a time, as their 80 points so far are the most in the league.
The Canadiens’ will need to make some huge improvements on the power play; they went just 0-for-6 against Arizona earlier in the week and are 5-for-56 in their last 19 matchups, ranking them 22nd in the league. Boston plays a different tune when it comes to the man-advantage. They’re second place in the league with a 26.3 percent success rate on the PP.
The Habs took the first regular season game between these Original six teams, winning 5-4 at the Bell Centre. The Bruins shook it off and absolutely decimated Montreal in their next outing, tallying a final score of 8-1. Most recently was another Bruins win, 3-1.
Things were looking up for the Montreal Canadiens, who were riding a three-game win streak coming into the game against Arizona. The three wins came against the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, and national rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Habs blew an early two-goal lead and then let the Arizona side score three unanswered to win the game 3-2 on Monday night.
Jake Evans scored his very first NHL goal, and Brendan Gallagher put the second in the net for the Canadiens. Carey Price stopped 31 of 34 shots. Taylor Hall, and Jakob Chychrun each got on the scoreboard for the Coyotes .
To make matters worse, it was announced that injured Shea Weber would be missing tonight’s game and the one against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Weber is the number two point producer on the team.
The Bruins will want to shake off a shocking loss to the NHL’s worst team, the Detroit Red Wings, when they face off against the Canadiens tonight. That loss put an end to an impressive six-game win streak, where the Bruins defeated the Golden Knights, Jets, Wild, Canucks, Blackhawks and Coyotes.
Netminder Tuukka Rask had to pull double duty on the weekend after Jaroslav Halak‘s injury was aggravated on Sunday. That means we’ll see Rask in the net tonight. There’s good news and bad news for Habs fans. Rask has yet to lose in regulation at home this season, but he has split two decisions against the Canadiens while allowing six goals.