March 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM #49946
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Original Six Showdown Highlight Rivalry Night – Habs vs. Bruins
First place in the Northeast Division will be on the line Wednesday night when the Montreal Canadiens to take on the Boston Bruins. Two of the hotter teams in the NHL to start the season – both Montreal (1-2-1 in their last two games) and Boston (losers of three of their last five games) have cooled slightly as of late. This will be the third meeting of the season between the clubs – each has a victory in each other’s building thus far.
Montreal Canadiens (20-6-3-2) at Boston Bruins (21-7-2-1)
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Broadcast: RDS, TSN, NBCSN
Habs vs. Bruins Betting Lines from betonline.com
Montreal Canadiens +1½ -215 +141 Ov 5 -118
Boston Bruins -1½ +185 -155 Un 5 +107
The Montreal Canadiens have lost two straight games heading Wednesday night’s showdown and they have scored just twice over that span. It’s not like they haven’t had their chances however – they outshot their opponents 76-43 in the last two games.
Despite the most recent struggles offensively, the Habs are still a top third scoring team averaging 3.00 goals per game. Nobody is Hot offensively at the moment for Montreal but Max Pacioretty had one goal, one assist and a plus-3 rating in the first meeting in Boston this season. David Desharnais matched his career high by scoring twice in that meeting. But he has one goal in 10 games since and none in the past six and Pacioretty hasn’t hit the score sheet in his last two overall.
Defensively and in goal the Habs have been sensational this year. Carey Price has allowed two or less goals in 16 games this season and has a 2.28 GAA and .923 save % age but he is 0-4-1 in his last five starts against the Bruins despite posting a 2.20 goals-against average. It may be Peter Budaj that gets the start Wednesday – he is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA in his last four starts.
The Boston Bruins have been a busy bunch – 17 games in 30 days has seen them draw even with the Habs in the standings. One big reason for their success this year has been their play on home ice – five straight wins (the last loss coming against Montreal) and a 11-2-1 record at the TD Garden. They have won four of the last five games against the Canadiens at home outscoring them 21-11 over that span.
The Bruins, like the Habs have struggled to score the last week or so – they lost three of four during a recent road trip and scored just six goals total in those games. Boston averages a middle-of-the-pack 2.74 goals per game. Like the Habs, nobody is all that Hot on the Bruins roster – Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand each have two points in two games and Dennis Seidenberg has two points in three games. Milan Lucic has one point in five games, Tyler Seguin is pointless in his last four games and Nathan Horton has not registered a point in five games however.
Defensively is where the Bruins continue to excel – the best in the league in goals against allowing just 2.10 goals per game. Tuukka Rask is 4-2-0 in his last seven appearances with a 1.40 GAA and .942 save % age. However Rask is 1-6-0 with a 3.18 GAA in his last seven starts in the series. There is no word about who will start in goal for Boston Wednesday – Anton Khudobin could get the start on the heels of some recent good play.
A few trends to consider:
• Over is 7-1 in MON last 8 road games.
• Over is 9-3 in MON last 12 overall.
• Over is 9-3 in MON last 12 vs. Eastern Conference.
• Under is 12-3-2 in BOS last 17 overall.
• BOS are 30-10 in their last 40 Wed. games.
• Over is 8-3 in BOS last 11 Wed. games.
• Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Boston.
Both the Canadiens and the Bruins have been playing well lately but both are failing to get the results. With first place on the line I like the Bruins to flex their muscle on Wednesday and seize sole possession of first place for the first time in quite a while. Boston has owned Montreal on home ice – I like that trend to continue.
Pick: Boston Bruins -155
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