Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens Expert NHL Picks 11/26/2019
Game: Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-119) Canadiens (+108)
Bell Centre is the site where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (11-7-5, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) will play the Boston Bruins (15-3-5, 1st in the Atlantic Division) on Tuesday. The moneyline on this contest has the Bruins priced at -119 and the Canadiens are at +108. The total is set at 6. The Bruins are covering 65.2% of the time, having gone 15-8 SU. The Canadiens are covering 42.9% of the time, going 9-12 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 15 wins and 3 losses, ranking them 1st in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 83 goals which has them sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the league. Their goal differential is +27, ranking them 1st in the league. The Bruins have compiled a total of 35 points, which has them sitting at 2nd in the league and 2nd in the Eastern Conference. In the matter of shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 735 which has them sitting at 10th in the East and 20th in the league. As a group, Boston has racked up a total of 394 hits which has them averaging 17.1 per game. They have compiled a total of 217 blocks for the year. The goaltender for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has totaled 910 mins minding the net for the season. Kinkaid is allowing 2.18 goals per game which has him sitting 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has given up 33 goals. His save percentage is .928 which has him sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Bruins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 4 victory against the Minnesota Wild their last time out. The Bruins had a good offensive output in the win. For this matchup, they converted 5 out of the 39 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those attempts. Boston ended up with a total of 16 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 48 and the Corsi against was 28 giving them a Corsi percentage of 63.2%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against was 24, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 57.9%. They won 29 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 66.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 104.9 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Minnesota Wild tallied a total of 36 shots. They finished with a total of 8 penalty minutes and they earned 7 power play opportunities.
The Canadiens will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 11 wins and 7 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 7th in the conference and 13th in the NHL with +4. They currently have a total of 78 goals for the season which puts them at 6th in the conference. Montreal has a save percentage as a team of .900 which currently has them ranked 22nd in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 9.9% which puts them at 8th in the conference. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price who is having an average year by giving up 2.89 goals against average and that has him ranked 14th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 27th in the NHL. In the 1,143 minutes he has played, he's allowed 55 goals. His save percentage is .907, which ranks him 15th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 31st in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens faced off against the New York Rangers in an outing where the Canadiens ended up losing by a final score of 6 - 5. For this game, Montreal earned a 63.2% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 60 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 35. They had a Fenwick percentage of 60.3% with a Fenwick of 41 and the Rangers ending the game with a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Montreal played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 92.9 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 61.8%. The Canadiens converted 5 goals of the 43 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Rangers had 3 power play chances but weren't able to take advantage of it. Montreal conceded 34 shots on goal and the Rangers had 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (+108)
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