Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins NHL Picks & Predictions 12/1/2019
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+107) Bruins (-118)
TD Garden is the venue where Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (18-3-5, 1st in the Atlantic Division) will play the Montreal Canadiens (11-9-5, 6th in the Atlantic Division) on Sunday. The Canadiens open this game at +107 while the Bruins are priced at -118. The over/under opens at 6. The Canadiens are covering 39.1% of the time, having gone 9-14 SU. Boston covers 69.2% of the time, going 18-8 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens come into the game holding a record of 11 victories and 9 losses, putting them at 6th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 83 goals which has them sitting at 8th in the conference and 11th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -5, putting them at 22nd in the NHL. The Canadiens have a total of 27 pts, which has them sitting at 22nd in the NHL and 11th in the East. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 873 which has them sitting at 4th in the conference and 7th in the NHL. As a unit, Montreal has earned a total of 507 hits which means they are averaging 20.3 per contest. They have a total of 257 blocks for this season. The goalie for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 1,223 minutes in goal this year. Price is giving up 3.19 goals per contest which has him ranked 19th among East goalies and 41st in the NHL. During this season, he has surrendered 65 goals. His save percentage is .897 which has him ranked 21st among East goalies.
The Montreal Canadiens had a rough game after their 6 - 4 loss against the New Jersey Devils in their previous game. The Canadiens had a good offensive outing in this loss. In their game, they netted 4 of the 48 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Montreal ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 73 and the Corsi against was 40 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 64.6%. Their Fenwick was 54 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 32, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 62.8%. They earned 27 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 54.5% and they had a PDO of 85.8 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the New Jersey Devils earned a total of 35 shots. They had a total of 4 penalty mins and they had 3 power play chances.
The Bruins will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 18 victories and 3 losses. In discussing goal differential, they are ranked 1st in the East and 1st in the NHL with +36. They currently have a total of 96 goals for the year which puts them at 1st in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a team save percentage of .928 which currently has them ranked 2nd in the NHL, meaning scoring chances may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 11.9% ranking them 1st in the conference. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having an ok year by giving up 2.10 goals per game and that has him 1st in the East and 2nd in the NHL. In the 970 mins he's played, he's allowed 34 goals. He's earned a save % of .931, which has him placed 1st in the East and 4th in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins opposed the New York Rangers in a matchup where the Bruins ended up with the victory by a mark of 3 - 2. In their game, Boston had a 57.1% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 36 while their opponent had a Corsi of 27. Their Fenwick percentage was 52.8% by notching a Fenwick of 28 and the Rangers ending the game with a 25 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Boston played and it tells us they had an average game overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 103.9 and they had an oZS percentage of 45.5%. The Bruins netted 3 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they took. They had 1 power play chance in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Rangers had 6 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. Boston conceded 28 shots on goal and the Rangers earned a total of 7 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Montreal (+107)
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