The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are rivals as old as the NHL itself. But in recent seasons, Boston has made it one-sided in its favor. The Bruins have won seven straight against the Canadiens and are 8-1 in their last nine trips to the Bell Centre. Thus, the NHL odds have Boston as a sizable favorite as it looks to continue dominating Montreal.
Bruins Chasing History
Currently, at 78 points in just 46 games, the Bruins are on pace to finish with 139 points. This would break a 27-year-old record set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings, who finished with 131 points.
This team leads the league in scoring (3.8 goals scored per game) and defending (just over two goals allowed per game). On top of that, Boston is also third in power play percentage (27%) and first in penalty kill percentage (87.1%).
Most notably, Boston is 15-5 on the puckline when on the road. This team has been mighty lucrative to its backers, and folks will need to start staking more when betting online.
Canadiens Rolling Again
Just when it appeared that Montreal had firmly embraced its role as a contender for the Connor Bedard sweepstakes, it started winning again. Montreal has gone 5-3-0 in its last eight games. Thanks to being underdogs for all of them, backers would be up $770 if they wagered $100 on the “Habs” moneyline with each game.
#Canadiens in their last 9 regular season or playoff meetings with the Maple Leafs (since going down 3-1 in their 2021 First Round series matchup):
7 wins, 2 losses (with 3 wins coming via OT including tonight’s 3-2 decision)
2.11 goals against per game
.944 team save percentage pic.twitter.com/w6AVUWlh0c
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 22, 2023
This includes victories over Toronto, Winnipeg, and the New York Rangers. They can thank goaltender Sam Montembault for a lot of these upsets. The 26-year-old posted a 94.3 save percentage and outplayed the likes of Connor Hellebuyck and Igor Shesterkin.
His play has been one of the few things keeping Montreal from plummeting, especially with injuries to star forward Cole Caufield and center Sean Monahan. As such, find Montreal as a feisty underdog on the online sports betting lines.
Bruins vs Canadiens Game Injuries
Bruins vs Canadiens Head-to-Head
The total has gone under in 12 of these teams’ last 18 meetings. That’s mainly because Boston has all but shut down Montreal. The Canadiens have scored a total of 11 goals in their seven-game skid against Boston. The Bruins scored three times more with 33.
Bruins vs Canadiens Game Information
- Game: Bruins (37-5-4) vs Canadiens (20-24-3)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Bell Centre, Montreal
- Bruins vs Canadiens Live stream: NHL.TV
Bruins vs Canadiens Betting Lines
Bruins vs Canadiens Picks and Prediction
As we mentioned, Boston backers can drop $130 to win $100 for Boston to cover the puckline (win by two or more goals). That’s a more affordable bet if you’re siding with Boston. But consider us believers in Montreal right now. The Canadiens have a history of playing Boston close and could just make the Bruins work for a win here.
Montreal is listed at +270 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Canadiens, you have a chance to win $270. Boston is -330, offering a chance to win $30 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Montreal a 27.03% chance to win, with the Bruins at 76.74%.