You may recall that these longtime “Original Six” rivals also faced each other in the first round of last season’s playoffs.
The roles were reversed in that series, as the Canadiens had been much stronger during the regular season. Additionally, Montreal had beaten Boston 11 straight times, entering that series.
Yet, the Bruins took the Canadiens all the way to seven games.
While Boston had the much better regular-season record this year, I won’t be surprised if this proves to be another close series.
Two of yesterday’s four games were decided by one goal and this has all the makings of another close one. A look at last year’s seven-game series between these teams shows that all three of the games played here at Boston were also decided by a single goal.
Note that these teams met here last week and that game (5-4 Bruins) was also decided by a single goal. Including that result, the Bruins have seen each of their last three home games decided by a single goal. Consider taking Montreal at +1.5 goals.
Ben is now 11-1 his L12 NHL selections. He tests that 92 percent run today with his No. 1 Total of the Week!