In one of the oldest rivalries in hockey, the Boston Bruins take their show on the road to Montreal for an exciting matchup Wednesday night. Other than Saturday, Wednesdays feature the top matchups of the week. NBC highlights some of these games so there is your reason right there. Tonight the Bruins and Canadiens take the spotlight on Wednesday night, as the Habs have been one of the most dominant team in the NHL up to this point. The Bruins got off to a real slow start this season, but have begun to show some promise. The defense in particular was in a big hole, not able to do much of anything. It was a surprising sight to see from the Bruins, who have had such a productive defense for several years now. They looked like a different team. The defense has started to stabilize and the Bruins have picked up some steam. Offensively Boston has played good hockey all season long, it’s just that the defense was holding them back considerably. They aren’t where they were, this is a young defense that has some learning to do, but they have played better of late.
The Canadiens have now joined the list of teams that put up in the regular season and then let down in the playoffs. There are a lot of them, think of the Capitals, Blues, Ducks, so on. And now the Habs are close to joining that illustrious club. They’ve had a team capable of delivering for a few years now. With Carey Price you can always count the Canadiens in. Speaking of Price, he has been absent from action with an injury, giving way to Mike Condon in net. Condon won’t unseed Price as the top man in Montreal, but he is setting himself up for a nice payday with another team. Remember in New York, Cam Talbot was never going to take over for Henrik regardless of the nice time he put in when Lundqvist was injured. Talbot went to Edmonton and was able to try and be the main guy. That hasn’t worked out, as he has a 3-8 record with the Oilers, but sort of the same scenario might be playing out here. Big game tonight in Montreal, find my pick below.
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL Pick
Rask didn’t look like Tuukka for the majority but is beginning to find his way. Note that he owns a 2.72 GAA. Rather uncharacteristic of him to have those numbers. The lowest of his career was back in 2010-11 where he finished with a 2.67 GAA. He hasn’t had a favorable career against the Canadiens, and he has played them fairly much. Rask has played the Habs 21 times and allowed 54 goals in those games for a 2.74 GAA. Not the kind of numbers you expect from him and the Bruins, but the Canadiens have gotten to them.
Do you want to know how many times the Canadiens have beaten the Bruins in a row? Eight times! That is a surprising statistic as well. In what one would think is an even series, the Canadiens have thoroughly dominated the Bruins. The Canadiens have been handed a couple of losses in a row, starting with the Capitals and then to the Hurricanes. The Canadiens and Bruins actually rank near the top of the NHL in goals scored. The Habs are 2nd with 3.32 goals per game and the Bruins are 3rd scoring 3.23 goals a game. I want to take the Canadiens, but it kind of feels like the Bruins have to beat them sooner or later right? I am going with the OVER 5 instead.
PICK: OVER 5 GOALS (-125)