The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens do not like each other – this isn’t just an Eastern Conference rivalry, this is an Atlantic DIVISION rivalry. Both teams have had positive starts to the 2018/19 campaign and National Hockey League fans will be anticipating a fiery affair this weekend.
Boston have racked up 14 points through 10 regular season games, giving the Bruins a share of the divisional lead alongside the Toronto Maple Leafs. The hosts will head into this clash on a two-game winning run after victories over the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators; plenty of punters will be backing the Bruins to extend that run.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens fell short in a road game against the Buffalo Sabres last time out and Montreal will want to get back to winning ways at the first time of asking. Consistency has been a huge problem for the Canadiens in recent years and it looks like those issues have returned for 2018/19.
Boston To Continue Fine Run Against Montreal?
Believe it or not, the Bruins have won their last six regular season games against their fierce rivals. Home fans will be expecting a convincing win with that in mind but most of those games have been close going into the final stages of the third period. This one will NOT be a walk in the park for the Bruins.
With 34 goals through 10 games, Boston have been effective in front of goal. The Bruins are on an upward trajectory and another win over Montreal will cement their status as one of the top teams in the Atlantic Division. A defeat here opens the door up for the Canadiens to climb above their opponents.
This really is a close one to call but that record against Montreal will be enough to tempt some punters to side with the Bruins. Boston won’t have everything their own way in this encounter though and it could be one of those ‘yo-yo’ matches that goes right down to the wire.
Capable Of Stanley Cup Push?
Boston are certainly capable of going close in their pursuit of glory. Widely regarded as one of the most consistent teams in the National Hockey League, the Bruins will be hard to stop in their pursuit of glory. Getting past the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning in that stacked Atlantic Division may be the hardest part.
Meanwhile, Montreal’s last Stanley Cup success came way back in 1993 and Canadiens fans will be dreaming of a return to the showpiece series. On current form, it would be foolish to write the Canadiens off but it is still early days. Montreal have enough quality to go close if everything goes to plan.
If you had to pick between the two, Boston are probably better suited to a genuine run at the Stanley Cup. However, you can never write anyone off in ice hockey and that is the beauty of the sport. Watch this space, Montreal could be celebrating a Stanley Cup title with a bit of luck on the injury front and in the playoffs.
This has goals written all over it. Backing an outright winner may be tough; although Boston will head into this one as red hot favourites. However, Montreal are one of those teams that like to spring a shock from time-to-time and the Canadiens cannot be taken lightly. This has all the makings of a fascinating contest and neutrals may want to tune into this one.
TIP: Over 5.5 goals
CORRECT SCORE: Boston Bruins 5-3 Montreal Canadiens