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Canadiens, Bruins Set To Renew Legendary Rivalry

There are few rivalries in sports with as much history as the one between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. The two clubs will meet for the 916th time – though the first this season – when the Bruins pack their bags and travel to the Bell Centre Saturday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Canadiens are 6-14 SU and 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games against teams with winning records.
  • The Bruins are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
  • Canadiens Max Pacioretty had 0 goals and 1 assists in 4 games vs the Bruins last season.

The Habs have had an advantage over the Bruins in recent meetings, as the Canadiens are 11-4 SU in the past 15. However, this is far from the best iteration of the Blue, Blanc et Rouge. The Canadians are 29th in goals and 22nd in goals against but are still very much in the playoff hunt in a middling Eastern Conference. Montreal has been kind to the team, as the Habs are 11-8-3 at home compared to 7-12-1 on the road.

The Bruins, on the other hand, are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Brad Marchand and company rank in the top 10 in the NHL in goals, goals against and penalty kill. To make matters worse for the Montreal faithful, the Bruins are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games and have not lost in regulation since December 14.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Boston Bruins in this one, they Bruins listed earlier today as favorites of -135 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.1-0.6 win for the Bruins on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens bring a 18-20-4 record to the battle against the 23-10-7 Bruins. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Montreal go 17-23-2 so far and the Bruins go 19-20-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Boston injuries news.

The Montreal Canadiens sit at No. 14 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Boston Bruins sit at a No. 1 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Montreal's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 2.57 goals per game, against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.55 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 19.2% while the Bruins defense kills off 82.93% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bruins were a 6-5 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -113 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Canucks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at -180 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Montreal is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Montreal is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 8 games
  • Montreal is 6-19 ATS in its last 25 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston home to Dallas, Monday, January 15th
Montreal home to New York, Monday, January 15th