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NHL Betting: Bruins host Habs

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking for their second straight win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night as those classic rivals meet in marquee NHL betting action at TD Bank Garden.

Montreal ended their five-game skid against the Bruins with a 4-3 win in Boston when the Northeast Division teams last met on March 3. Overall the Bruins are 6-4 over their past 10 games against the Canadiens, with the OVER/UNDER going 4-6 for totals bettors.

The Canadiens will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 20-7-5 this season, while the Bruins are 21-7-3. Montreal is 17-15 on the totals; Boston is 10-19-2.

View Montreal vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Canadiens were listed as +-173 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Monday at BetOnline.

Power Rankings:
The Bruins sit at No. 3 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Canadiens sit at a No. 4 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 2.9 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.4 goals allowed. The Bruins power play is averaging 15.1% while the Canadiens defense kills off 80.3% of their penalties.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 1-0 loser as they battled the Penguins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -153 were rewarded, while the 1 goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Boston won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Maple Leafs on March 25. Bettors who backed the Bruins at -185 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing NY Rangers are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

A few Canadiens at Bruins trends to consider:
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Montreal's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Montreal home to NY Rangers, Saturday, March 30
Boston at Philadelphia, Saturday, March 30