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Montreal Canadiens

Boston Bruins
28-20-5 January 30, 2014, 07:00 PM | TD Garden 34-15-3

The Boston Bruins will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Montreal Canadiens invade TD Garden on Thursday.

This season the Bruins are 34-15-3 overall while the Canadiens are 28-20-5. As for the totals, Boston is 19-17-16 on the OU, and Montreal is 17-29-7.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins Odds and Stats.

The Bruins were listed earlier today as -178 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bruins rated this week at No. 7 and the Canadiens sitting at No. 28.

The Canadiens were a 3-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Hurricanes. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -150 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 5-ranked offense (3.06 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.53 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 20.27% rate while the Canadiens have a 85.71% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Canadiens at Bruins trends to consider:
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 7 games on the road
Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
Boston is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montreal

Next up:
Montreal home to Tampa Bay, Saturday, February 1st
Boston home to Edmonton, Saturday, February 1st