Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick
There have been a couple of storylines this season for the Canadiens. First, the good news for the Canadiens has been the play of Max Domi. He’s essentially saved Marc Bergevin’s job, as this was a boom or bust deal for him. Domi becomes a good acquisition, and Bergevin suddenly looks like a guy worthy of being a GM in Montreal. Second, the play of Carey Price for a pretty decent stretch was getting concerning.
He did not look anything close to the top paid goalie in the league. There is still pressure on him to bring his numbers up considerably, though. Price has a 2.90 GAA and 0.902 save percentage, though has allowed 2 or less goals in seven of his last nine appearances in net.
He only had to face 16 shots against the Sens, but came up big in spots. The score was closer than what happened. Montreal outshot the Senators 47 to 18 in a lopsided affair. It was the second straight game and the sixth in their last eight games that they’ve eclipsed 40 shots per game. The Bruins are averaging less than 2 goals on the road, with 1.94 goals scored per game on the road this season. This should present an opportunity for Price to fix his numbers some more.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens have averaged 38.4 shots and 3.5 goals per game at the Bell Centre, so he should get some support here. I was on the Bruins in their last meeting against the Canadiens here in Montreal. They’ve gone 4-0 over the Habs in their last four meetings in Montreal. However, I like the Canadiens to end the drought over a rival on Monday night. As long as Price doesn’t go off the rails again, the Canadiens should continue to be a solid bet.