Bruins on road against rival Montreal
The Boston Bruins are riding a five-game losing streak against the Montreal Canadiens as those division rivals hit the ice together in NHL betting action on Wednesday night.
Montreal topped Boston 4-1 as a road underdog on the NHL odds in the most recent game between the two teams back on January 30. The Bruins last defeated the Canadiens back in February 2013, with the OVER/UNDER going 2-2-1 since that matchup.
Supporters of the Bruins have seen them go 42-17-5 so far this season, while the Canadiens are at 35-24-7. In totals betting, the Canadiens are 22-35-9, while the Bruins are 25-22-17.
The Canadiens were listed earlier today as -105 moneyline at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.
This game matches up the No. 17 (Canadiens) and the No. 1 (Bruins) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
In their last action, Boston was a 5-2 winner on the road against the Panthers. Bettors on Boston at -145 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
Montreal lost its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Sharks on March 8. Bettors who backed the Sharks at -185 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 20-ranked offense (2.52 goals per game) against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.23 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 18.83% rate while the Bruins have a 82.94% rate on the penalty kill.
Boston home to Phoenix, Thursday, March 13th
Montreal home to Ottawa, Saturday, March 15th