Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens - 4/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens - 4/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (20-47-11) vs Boston Bruins (47-25-5)

Game Info: Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +220 / Boston Bruins -275 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 47-25-5. Through 77 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 236 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.69 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 28th 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 20-47-11. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 78 games, the Canadiens have scored 200 goals, giving them an average of 2.53. This output gives them a rank of 30th among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.86 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 10th 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 31st in the NHL.

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Through 77 games, the Boston Bruins' leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. With his 33 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 71. On the season, he is turning 12.5% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Bruins have benefited from the strong play of Brad Marchand, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Boston's 77 games, he has come up with 31 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 8. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.57 goals per game.

Through 78 games, the Montreal Canadiens' goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki, with 58 points. He has reached his mark of 20 goals, on a shooting percentage of 10.9%. So far, 40.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 20 assists to go along with his 19 goals. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are -24 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 51 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Bruins have an over-under record of 34-38-6. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 16-20-3. On the season, 52.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. In Montreal's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-33-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-18-1. On the season, 62.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 40.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. With an over-under line set at 6.5 goals, I don't see Montreal coming up with enough scoring to push this game over this number. I recommend taking the under.

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