The Montreal Canadiens travel to Boston after failing to win against the Arizona Coyotes. With all the pregame stats pointing to an easy win for the Canadiens after they had just won three games in a row, the NHL team’s winning streak was snuffed at home 3-2. With the loss, Montreal lost further ground in the Atlantic Division despite remaining in fifth place.
Leaders of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, Boston Bruins, are criticized for removing the foot off the pedal in recent games. They lost their last interconference games against the worst team in the league, the Detroit Red Wings. They were on a six-game winning run and subsequently made tipsters around the United States look silly.
Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens Predictions
Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins is the NHL pick of the day. Depending on the type of team that takes to the rink on the day, you can expect a jampacked ice hockey matchup. The Canadiens come into the game with a 27-24-7 record on the season and begin their five-game stretch on the road out of the next six league games. Here’s how we view the tie to unfold:
Montreal has a decent offense, but the team’s frailties are exposed in defense. They are tied in the 13th spot in the league for allowing 3.02 goals per game.
The Canadiens will want to break the curse against the Bruins that have won the seven of the ten meetings they had in the league. With just five points off Maple Leaf, they will be motivated to play for that guaranteed playoff spot.
Boston leads the division with a 34-11-12 this season, primarily due to their defense of home ice. Their home record stands at 19-2-9 on the season at TD Garden. That has contributed to the 80 points that peddled the team to the top of the division.
Tipped as favorites to win the Stanley Cup, Boston tends to get carried away against teams that they would otherwise beat on paper. Besides the loss to the Red Wings, the Bruins ended the year with a loss to the New Jersey Devils that had been on a losing run of note.
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This means that the Bruins, despite all of their positive stats, can be beat. However, they are currently the best team in the NHL, and that means something. Montreal is 19 points off the pace in the East, and a win at TD Garden can kickstart their campaign to a guaranteed playoff spot. In light of the harsh criticism by the media, Boston will be out to prove a point. Boston will win the game with a projected score of 4-2.
Date & Time: Wednesday February 12, 2020, 7:30 PM (EST)
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