Boston Bruins (15-3-5) at Montreal Canadiens (11-7-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday November 26th 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT (Centre Bell)
Lines and Odds: Montreal Canadiens +110
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Welcome to this Original Six and Atlantic Division matchup between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins are having another great season. They are first in the Atlantic Division, 5-2-3 in their last ten games, and have won their last three games. Boston also has the best goal differential in the league with 23. Lately, the Bruins have had a mix of high scoring wins and shootout losses. Brad Marchand leads the team in points with 39. The Canadiens are also having a solid season. They are third in the Atlantic Division, 4-3-3 in their last ten games, and have lost four games in a row. Lately, Montreal has been losing to average or below average teams. They have had a mix of low scoring and high scoring losses. Even though they have a little skid going, they usually play well against the elite teams in the league. Tomas Tatar leads the team in points with 20. The starting goalies for this game are Jaroslav Halak for Boston and Carey Price for Montreal.
The Bruins are coming off a hard fought, 5-4 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild. Seven players got on the scoresheet and Boston's core players continue to pile up the points. Patrice Bergeron assisted on four of the Bruins five goals. On a side note, Bergeron won't be playing in Montreal because of a lower body injury. Boston was outshot in the game, but were pretty even in everything else. They need to stop taking so many bad penalties. Other than that, their power play continues to click, the plus/minus points are awesome, and the overall production of the team continues to do well. Boston is 5-0-3 in their last eight home games. Those three losses were all in shootouts, so hopefully they can win this game in the overtime period. Now with sound offense comes sound defense. Their 2.43 goals against average is third in the league. They are also one of the best scoring teams on the road.
The Canadiens are coming off a 6-5 loss to the New York Rangers. It was a tough loss for Montreal. The Canadiens had a 3-0 lead in the first period and then went on to give up three goals in the second and third. The team enjoyed having a high goal total again, but their defense seems to be falling flat in the third period. Things won't get any easier for Montreal, because the Bruins have been a great road team and they will usually score in every period. The Canadiens need to be more physical and continue to get good looks at the net. They need to get a few more quality shots on net and their power play can't go 0 for 5 against Boston. Montreal needs to be able to cash in on those Bruins penalties, that seem to pile up at times. The depth scoring hasn't been there at times either, but maybe Price will have a solid game, after having a rough outing on Saturday.
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