Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens - 3/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens - 3/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (17-36-9) vs Boston Bruins (38-19-5)

Game Info: Monday, March 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +300 / Boston Bruins -143 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins in Monday NHL Action.

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 38-19-5. Through 62 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 188 times, good for a rank of 16th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.66 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 17-36-9. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 62 games, the Canadiens have scored 158 goals, giving them an average of 2.52. This output gives them a rank of 31st among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.77 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 18th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Montreal's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 32nd in the NHL.

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Through 62 games, the Boston Bruins goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak with 61 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.0%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 35 assists to go along with his 25 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.72 goals per game.

Through 62 games, the Montreal Canadiens' goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki, with 46 points. He has reached his mark of 17 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.6%. So far, 41.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 17 assists to go along with his 13 goals. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are --11 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.71 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 38 percent of the time.

On the season, the Boston Bruins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.34. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.69 goals. Heading into their game with the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 56% of the overall scoring. Over this stretch, the team has managed to play above .500 hockey, despite scoring more than their average of 2.66 goals per game, just 2 times. Look for the Bruins to pick up another win and breakout for a big night on offense, as Montreal has had trouble slowing down their opponents all season long.

 

 

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Joe’s Pick Boston Bruins -143

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