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Bruins, Habs meet at the Bell Centre

Original Six rivals will be meeting for the first time this season on Thursday at the Bell Centre as the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins in marquee NHL odds action.

Montreal is carrying a three-game winning streak vs. Boston into this contest, with the Canadiens going 3-1 against the Bruins in their four meetings last season.

The OVER/UNDER has gone 4-6 in the past 10 games between the division rivals.

The Bruins will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 18-7-2 this season, while the Canadiens are 17-9-3. Boston is 5-12-10 against the total, while Montreal is 8-18-3 versus the number.

View Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Montreal sat as -116 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Canadiens rated this week at No. 10 and the Bruins sitting at No. 7.

In their last action, Boston was a 3-1 winner at home against the Blue Jackets. Bettors on Boston at -224 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Canadiens were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 2.76 goals per game, against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.04 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 23.81% while the Bruins defense kills off 85.37% of their penalties.

Next up:
Boston home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, December 7th
Montreal home to Buffalo, Saturday, December 7th