Face-off: 1900 ET, 12/01/2022
Venue: TD Garden
Boston have hit a rich vein of form since returning from the Christmas break and are expected to brush aside Montreal at TD Garden.
The Canadiens have struggled to pick up points all season and suffered from all kinds of Covid issues during the festive period.
We’re backing the Bruins to win by more than 1.5 goals at 1.8 on the spread in our NHL predictions.
Boston Bruins Odds
Boston made it five victories from their last six outings when following up a 5-2 triumph at Tampa Bay with a 7-3 romp versus Washington on the road.
Matt Grzelcyk had a goal and four assists against the Capitals, while David Pastrnak netted twice to take his tally to five in three games.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Pastrnak: “He’s a pretty explosive player. He finds the ice and can finish plays, can pass as well as he shoots, so it’s a good combination.”
On the overall hot streak, he added: “Those guys are clicking right now. Lately, it seems like every line is feeling good about their game.”
Brad Marchand has hit doubles in the last two matches and 28 team goals in six outings highlights Boston’s attacking firepower at present.
Looking at the 4.5 for the Bruins to oblige by three goals, just as they did when Montreal visited in November.
Montreal Canadiens Odds
Montreal began 2022 with a 5-2 loss at Florida and then had four matches postponed due to Covid problems.
The Canadiens have won only one of their last 10 games and are rock-bottom of the Atlantic Division with 18 points, 22 behind Boston, who have played two matches less.
Dominique Ducharme can see light at the end of the tunnel in terms of getting players back off the sidelines, but this trip may come too soon for them to turn things around.
“We’ll skate in the morning and make decisions after that because we have to see what condition each of them is in,” said Ducharme yesterday.
“With the guys coming to Boston, they’re all available, but are they in optimal condition to play a game? Maybe not. We need to evaluate that.”
Trying to keep things tight may be the best option at TD Garden but we’re going for a 4-1 home victory at 11.0 to finish off our Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens predictions.
Washington 3-7 BOSTON
Florida 5-2 MONTREAL
Head-to-head: Boston 5-2 Montreal
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