A classic Original 6 matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday night. The Canadiens and Bruins have had some memorable games for almost a century. The Bruins were in fact the first team in the United States to play in an NHL game. So, there is certainly a lot of history between these two clubs.
The Canadiens haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993, while the Bruins won it in 2011. That was the win that ignited the Vancouver riots after the Canucks were shown the door by the Bruins. Boston have had solid teams since then, but haven’t been able to put it together. Other teams have gotten much better since that point. The Bruins looked good in a 3-0 shutout against the Flyers on Thursday.
Halak took the net for that one and he continued his solid play for the Bruins. With Rask up and down, Halak has been playing better than the Bruins could have imagined. The defence as a whole has really been playing well for the Bruins. They look like one of a few teams in the league who will be able to win games by defence alone.
With a league that has suddenly been predicated after offence, the Bruins don’t look ready to abandon a defensive style of hockey. Carey Price will be in net for the Canadiens tonight, after Niemi took a loss against the Sabres on Thursday. Head below for our free Canadiens vs. Bruins pick.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Pick
Carey Price had the worst season of his career last season, as he posted a 3.11 GAA in 49 appearances. This was following a stellar season where he had a 2.23 GAA in 2016-17. For a goaltender of his calibre, it was surprising to see those numbers on the board for the Canadiens’ netminder. Fans have rallied around Price, who even had a billboard put up in Montreal showing their support.
Price has been solid with a 2.48 GAA and 0.906 save percentage. The team has been decent overall, with 2.78 goals allowed per game. They’ve allowed 28.6 shots per game so far this season. Goals have been tough to come by recently on the Bruins, so they may need a stellar performance by Carey Price.
Note that the Bruins have allowed 1 or no goals in regulation in three straight games. In five of their last seven games, they’ve allowed 2 or less goals. Overall, the Bruins are 5th in the league with 2.4 goals allowed per game. The Bruins have gone 4-0 to the UNDER in their last four games thanks to their defensive effort. Rask has been confirmed to start in net tonight. Following a slow start, he responded allowing just 1 goal against the Senators in his last outing. He hasn’t played since Tuesday, so he should be fresh for this one.
The Bruins have been lights out defensively against the Canadiens in recent memory. In their last three meetings, the Canadiens have scored just 1 goal in each game. In five of their last six, they’ve managed to score 1 or no goals. In all, the Habs have averaged only 1.16 goals per game in the last six against the Bruins.
Their last three trips to TD Garden have resulted in 0.66 goals per game. Also, the UNDER has gone 5-1 in their previous six meetings against the Bruins, with a 3-0 run in the last three. The Canadiens and Bruins have combined for an average of 4.6 goals in their last ten meetings. With this in mind, a play on the UNDER looks pretty solid Saturday night in Boston.