Always one of my favorite rivalries, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens renew their love hate relationship tonight in Montreal. I don’t know if I should say love, maybe just hate, but I do know there is a certain level of respect for one another. The Bruins have won a Stanley Cup in recent years, the Canadiens have not. With the kind of start the Habs have gotten off to, there are expectations for them to join the Bruins and become a team with a recent Stanley Cup to their credit. The formula for success is there, something along the lines of Carey Price and oh some more Carey Price. What a formula. Price is definitely a pretty good goaltender, if not the best in the NHL. An element that needs to be added to the formula is the word clutch. They haven’t been clutch in the playoffs which is a problem. Having a nice run to start the year is nice and well, but drinking out of the Stanley Cup seems better to me.
Chara got his Stanley Cup, as did Rask. But they have some work to do if they want to win it again. It’s hard to believe that Rask let in 5 goals on 19 shots against the Stars the other day, but that’s what happened, and a former teammate, Tyler Seguin, made him look silly. It felt like it was yesterday that Rask was a wall, but from what I have seen of him this season, the wall is falling down. He is still relatively young so it shouldn’t be a thing where age is getting to him. The offense of the Bruins has made up for it. It is usually the defense for the Bruins that has bailed them out all the time. Now the offense has made it work, and on the other end the defense has regressed significant. I provide my pick for Saturday below.
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick
The Bruins did lose a good chunk of their blue line this past offseason. Their struggles on defense aren’t the most recognizable scenario in sports, but they have bene reinventing themselves on the fly. Note that the Bruins have scored an average of 3.58 goals per game. That fetches the Bruins a 2nd spot ranking in the NHL. Oddly enough, it isn’t the defense that is near the top of the rankings for the Bruins. This year we see the offense excelling. The Bruins are actually completely opposite of what it was a year ago. Note that they are 28th in the NHL, allowing 3.33 goals per game. The only teams worst are the Columbus Blue Jays and Calgary Flames. Not the kind of list you want to be in.
Who would you venture to guess is above the Bruins in scoring? Of course, not too many people are really aware of it. But anyways, it is the Montreal Canadiens. This doesn’t feel right to say, but tonight we see the number 1 offense and number 2 face off. I don’t think it is going to stay that way, but lets try and get a piece of it with a winning pick. And with a total of just 5, I have to follow my rule and take a game in which the total is 5 in Bruins game. This isn’t the same defense we are accustomed to seeing. I like this one with the OVER 5.
PICK: OVER 5 GOALS (-110)