Bruins vs. Canadiens NHL Pick – December 17th

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<p>The Boston Bruins head to Montreal for an Original 6 matchup against the Canadiens on Monday night. They are playing on a back-to-back after suffering a 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Sunday afternoon. It was a 2-2 game late in the contest until Jeff Skinner netted the game winner to go ahead 3-2. The Bruins tacked on an empty net goal to put the Bruins away for good. Jack Eichel and Skinner both tallied 2 goals to once against lead the Sabres to a win. </p>
<p>Awful performance by the Bruins, as they weren’t able to bring any energy against a team who just went to overtime against the Capitals the night before. Instead of taking advantage of the Sabres in that spot, the Bruins laid down and couldn’t get 2 points or even a point of it. The Sabres get the night off, while the Bruins get no rest with a trip to Montreal on tap for a Monday night meeting against the Canadiens. </p>
<p>The Canadiens enter Monday with some confidence after successful efforts against the Hurricanes and Senators. They are winners in five of their last six games, as the Habs are playing like a team that could be in the playoffs again. Montreal opened the season flying out of the gates, then slowed down a bit, but are shaping back into form. </p>
<p>The difference has been Carey Price. When I say they were slowing down, it mostly falls on Price playing awful in net. Elite Carey Price would have the Canadiens sitting mighty fine right now. They’re a 17-11-5, so I think give them at least an extra few wins if Price had been playing like the most expensive goaltender in the NHL. He’s stabilized recently, so we’ll see where he goes from here. Head below for our free Bruins vs. Canadiens pick. </p>
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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.

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Kyle E / Author

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