Atlantic Division rivals, Montreal Canadiens (11-6-4) and Boston Bruins (11-6-3), meet at the Bell Centre on Saturday evening.
The Canadiens were on the road at the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday evening and the Buffalo Sabres on Friday evening, with their last available result being the 5-4 OT loss to the Washington Capitals on home-ice on Monday night, in a game that the Habs led 4-2 early in the 2nd Period.
The Canadiens are currently averaging 3.24 Goals per Game, which leaves them 12th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they have allowed 3.33 Goals per Game, which leaves them down in 26th position overall.
The Bruins also face two games between the time of writing and this game at the Canadiens. On Wednesday night they are on the road at the Detroit Red Wings and Friday evening sees them on home-ice at TD Garden against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Their last result was a 2-1 win on the road at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday evening, where they scored two goals in the opening 2:25 of the 1st Period through Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jake DeBrusk.
The Bruins currently average 2.90 Goals per Game, which leaves them 21st in the overall rankings for the season. Few pre-season NHL predictions would have foreseen that, especially as they have the season’s leading NHL scorer in their ranks in 17-goal David Pastrnak. However, defensively they’ve only allowed an impressive 2.45 Goals per Game, which leaves them 2nd overall.
This is a tough game for betting predictions, but the Bruins are our tips on the Money Line odds given their greater overall quality and strong defensive record.
Pick: Money Line – Boston Bruins