Canadiens vs Bruins Prediction NHL Picks 1/20/24

Boston Bruins (27-8-9) vs Montreal Canadiens (19-19-7)

Game Info: Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -280 / Montreal Canadiens +225 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens will play the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Montreal has won two of their last three games, while Boston is on a three game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Canadiens vs Bruins prediction.

Canadiens Preview

The Montreal Canadiens are 19-19-7 this season after they lost to Ottawa by a score of 6-2 in their last game. Montreal trailed 2-1 at the end of the first period, but allowed Ottawa to score the next four goals to pull away in the game. The Canadiens were out shot by a total of 37-23 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Montreal defeated New Jersey by a score of 3-2 and Colorado by a score of 4-3 in the two games prior to Ottawa. The Canadiens are scoring 2.69 goals per game and they are allowing 3.38 goals against per game, while going 18.4% on the power play and 73% on the penalty kill. Nick Suzuki has led Montreal with 12 goals, 25 assists, and 104 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Montreal is Sam Montembeault, who is 10-6-4 this year with a 2.85 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. 

Bruins Preview

The Boston Bruins are 27-8-9 this year after they defeated Colorado by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Boston led 3-1 after the first period and they scored twice in the third to pull away for the win. The Bruins were out shot by a total of 32-31 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Boston defeated New Jersey by a score of 3-0 and St. Louis by a score of 4-3 in the two games prior to Colorado. The Bruins are scoring 3.34 goals per game and they are allowing 2.61 goals against per game, while going 27.2% on the power play and 84.6% on the penalty kill. David Pastrnak has led Boston with 29 goals, 35 assists, and 223 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Boston is Linus Ullmark, who is 13-5-2 this year with a 2.75 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. 

Boston Bruins Team Facts

  • The Bruins have won each of their last six games against the Canadiens at TD Garden.
  • The Bruins have covered the puck line in each of their last six games as home favorites against the Canadiens.
  • The favorites have won the first period in seven of the last eight games between the Canadiens and Bruins.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in four of the Bruins' last five night games at TD Garden.

Montreal Canadiens Team Facts

  • The Canadiens have lost each of their last six night games at TD Garden.
  • The Canadiens have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last six games at TD Garden.
  • The Canadiens have lost the third period in each of their last five games as underdogs against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Canadiens' last 15 games against Atlantic Division opponents.

Boston Bruins Player Prop Facts

  • David Pastrnak has scored at least one goal in each of the Bruins' last six games at TD Garden.
  • Charlie Coyle has recorded at least one point in each of the Bruins' last seven games as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • David Pastrnak has recorded at least one assist in each of the Bruins' last five games against the Canadiens.
  • Trent Frederic has scored two goals against the Canadiens this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Cole Caufield has scored a goal in each of the Canadiens' last four games as underdogs.
  • Nick Suzuki has recorded at least one point in each of the Canadiens' last eight Saturday night games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Sean Monahan has recorded at least one assist in each of the Canadiens' last three games as underdogs.
  • Nick Suzuki ranks 1st in the league for shootout goals (4) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Boston Bruins rank 5th in the league in power play percentage this season (27.21%).
  • The Boston Bruins are the only team in the league to rank top 5 for both power play and penalty kill percentage this season.
  • The Montreal Canadiens rank 31st in the league for Period 1 goals scored per game this season (0.64).
  • The Montreal Canadiens rank 29th in the league for shots against per game this season (33.8).

Canadiens vs Bruins Betting Prediction

Boston comes into this game on a three game winning streak and they will be at home, where they are 14-3-3 so far this season. The Bruins have allowed a total of seven goals in their last four games and they are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. Montreal has won two of their last three games, but they are coming off of a 6-2 loss in Ottawa. The Canadiens are 10-8-4 on the road and I think they are going to have a ton of trouble scoring in this one. Take the Bruins to win this game by at least two goals. 

David’s Pick Bruins -1.5

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