Canadiens open up series versus Bruins

The puck will drop on the second round of the NHL playoffs on Thursday night as the Boston Bruins play host to the Montreal Canadiens, with the Habs having dominated recent matchups.

Montreal has managed to win six of its last seven games against Boston heading into Thursday night's Game 1, with the Canadiens going 3-1 against the Bruins during the regular season. The OVER/UNDER went 0-2-2 over those four contests.

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins Opening Odds and Betting Line

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Boston sat as -164 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

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Computer Prediction: Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins Pick

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.7-2.8 result in favor of the Bruins today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 50-28-8 this season, while the Bruins are 58-20-9. Montreal is 30-43-13 on the totals; Boston is 34-30-23. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Montreal injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 1-ranked Boston Bruins and the No. 26-rated Montreal Canadiens in this matchup.

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How Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Boston Bruins No. 3-ranked offense (3.16 goals per game) against a Montreal Canadiens defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.49 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 22.76% rate while the Canadiens have a 84.8% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

In their last action, Boston was a 4-2 winner at home against the Red Wings. Bettors on Boston at -215 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

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Montreal at Boston, Saturday, May 3rd