The Bruins and Canadiens are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Canadiens will host the game at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. In this division matchup, the Bruins are favored by -1.5 against the Canadiens. The over/under for the game is 5.5 goals.

BOSTON BRUINS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Montreal Canadiens +1.5

This game will be played at Bell Centre at 7:00 ET on Thursday, March 14th.

WHY BET THE MONTREAL CANADIENS:

  • With a 1.5 goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Bruins to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Bruins on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Canadiens (+1.5)

Taking a Look at the Bruins Chances on the Road

With 91 points on the season, the Bruins are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. In the Atlantic Division, Boston is also in 2nd place. Over their last ten games, the Bruins have gone 4-6. On the road, Boston has a record of 17-6-9.

As the favorite, the Bruins have a record of 32-14-11 this season. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, Boston has gone 22-14. Over their last three games, the Bruins have gone 2-1.

On the season, Boston has an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. Their puck line record is 34-33, and they have 27 wins by multiple goals. So far, the Bruins have been favored in 57 games and have gone 24-33 against the puck line as the favorite.

Over their last ten games, the Bruins have gone 5-5 against the puck line, and their average scoring differential on the road is +.3 goals per contest. In their last ten road games, Boston has gone 4-6 vs. the puck line.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Boston is 6.1. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 5.9. The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 32-34-1.

Across their three previous road games, Boston has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.

When looking at their offense, the Bruins have an average of 3.3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 8th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 16th in the league. This year, the Bruins have recorded a 14-2 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 23-11 record.

Boston’s leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. So far this season, he has 41 goals, placing him 5th in the NHL. Pastrnak also comes into the game with 53 assists.

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.

Goalie Linus Ullmark gets the start and has made 31 starts this season. His record at this point is 17-7, and his save percentage is 0.752%.

Will Montreal Win at Home?

The Canadiens come into this game with an overall record of 25-30-10, which puts them in 7th place in the Atlantic Division and 14th place in the Eastern Conference. Over their last ten games, Montreal has gone just 3-7 and have dropped two straight games as the underdog.

At home this season, the Canadiens have gone 13-17-3, and as the underdog, they have a record of 20-29-10. Against teams in the Eastern Conference, Montreal has gone 13-25 on the year.

Montreal enters this game with an average scoring differential of -.7 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have 42 wins vs. the puck line compared to 23 losses. In their last ten games at home, the Canadiens have gone 8-2 vs. the puck line.

This season, Montreal has 16 wins by just one goal compared to nine wins by multiple goals. Overall, the Canadiens have gone 40-19 vs. the puck line as the underdog, and they have a puck line record of 21-12 at home.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Montreal is 6.3. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Canadiens come in with an over/under record of 33-30-2.

Through their last three road games, Boston has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.

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. The Canadiens went 6-8 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 19-21.

Montreal’s current leading scorer is Nick Suzuki. This season, he has 25 goals, which puts him 35th in the NHL. Suzuki also comes into the game with 36 assists.

Defensively, the Canadiens are currently 4th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.7 shots per game against Montreal. They also are 24th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Sam Montembeault has started 30 games this season. His current record stands at 13-12, and his save percentage is 0.78%.