The Canadiens and Bruins are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bruins will host the game at TD Garden in Boston, MA. The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 6 goals and the Bruins are the favorite to win at home vs. the Canadiens.
MONTREAL CANADIENS VS BOSTON BRUINS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Boston Bruins -1.5
This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE BOSTON BRUINS:
- Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Bruins picking up a 4-3 win.
- Take the Bruins on the moneyline
- On the spread, we like Canadiens (+1.5)
Can the Canadiens Pull Off a Road Win?
On the season, the Canadiens are 19-19-7 and sit in 6th place in the Atlantic Division. In the Eastern Conference, Montreal is 13th with 45 points. When playing on the road, the Canadiens have gone 10-8-4.
Over their last ten games, Montreal has gone 4-6 and 2-3 in their last five. As the underdog, the Canadiens have gone 16-18-7 on the season.
On the road this season, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 15-7. Their average scoring margin for the year is at -0.7 goals per game.
So far, Montreal has gone 28-13 against the puck line as the underdog. In their last ten games, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 7-3.
On average, Montreal’s games have finished with 6.2 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.4. In total, the Canadiens come in with an over/under record of 23-21-1.
In their last three road games, Montreal has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
On the offensive side, the Canadiens are scoring an 2.7 goals per game this season, ranking 27th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 25th in the league. This season, the Canadiens have a 4-3 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 15-15 record.
The leading scorer for Montreal’s offense is Cole Caufield. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 56th in the NHL. Caufield also comes into the game with 19 assists.
Defensively, the Bruins are currently 8th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.6 shots per game against Boston. They also are 7th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Goalie Sam Montembeault comes into the game having made 20 starts this season. So far, his record is 10-6 and he has a save percentage of 0.757%.
Does Boston Have What it Takes at Home?
At home, the Bruins are 14-3-3 this season and are on a three-game winning streak. In the Eastern Conference, Boston is in first place with a record of 27-8-9 and has won three straight games as the favorite. Against other teams in the Atlantic Division, the Bruins are 10-5 this season.
Over their last three games, the Bruins have gone 3-0 and have won three straight games as the favorite. This season, Boston has been favored in 38 of their 44 games and has gone 23-8-7 in those games. Overall, the Bruins have won three straight games as the favorite and are 6-4 in their last ten games.
At home this season, the Bruins have a puck line record of 12-8, and their average scoring margin is +1.2 goals per game. Overall, they have 20 wins by multiple goals compared to just five losses by multiple goals.
So far, Boston has been favored in 38 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 18-20. In their last 10 home games, the Bruins have gone 6-4 against the puck line.
Games involving Boston have an average of 6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 5.9. In terms of their over/under performance, the Bruins come in with a record of 23-21-0.
Across their last three road contests, Montreal has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games 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 9th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 16th in the league. Boston’s offense comes into the game ranked 6th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 26th in the NHL.
Boston will be looking for a good game from David Pastrnak who leads the team in scoring with 29 goals, ranking 3rd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 35 assists so far.
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.
Goalie Linus Ullmark gets the start and has made 20 starts this season. His record at this point is 13-5, and his save percentage is 0.767%.