at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Puck drops: Monday, 7:35 p.m. EDT
Line: Boston -120, Montreal +100 Total: 5
After cruising through the regular season with 46 wins and 103 points and scoring the fifth most goals in the NHL, the Bruins may have taken their arch rivals a bit lightly in losing the first two games of their best-of-seven first round series at home. Only a Patrice Bergeron goal in Game Two has prevented the Bruins from being shutout in the series. Vegas odds.
Missing Zdeno Chara in Game Two due to dehydration, Boston was unable to take advantage of their four power-play chances and now are 0-7 in the first two games with the man advantage. After leading the team with 30 goals during the regular season, Milan Lucic has just four shots on goal through the first two games. Tim Thomas has played well at times, but has allowed two bad goals late in both games to hurt the Bruins.
Carey Price is quickly making Canadiens fans forget about the play of Jaroslav Halak during last season’s run to the Conference Finals. Price has stopped 67 of 68 shots, and he ended a personal eight-game playoff losing streak with his Game One shutout. Another hero from the 2010 postseason for the Canadiens, Michael Cammalleri has scored a goal and recorded two points in the first two games. He is one of three Canadiens who have two points through the first two games. Betting lines .
Chara will be a game-time decision for Game Three and his absence would be a disaster for the Bruins, who need all of their weapons aboard to get back in this series. Boston has now lost six straight playoff games since taking a 3-0 lead against Philadelphia in Eastern Conference Semis last season, and they have never won a playoff series when trailing 2-0. I expect a different team to take the ice on Monday. I’m taking Boston to win, with their offense getting on track and Thomas not allowing a goal to get back in the series.
The FoxSheets back up the call with this three-star trend:
BOSTON is 14-2 ATS (+11.2 Units) after having lost 4 or 5 of their last 6 games this season. The average score was BOSTON 4.1, OPPONENT 1.7 – (Rating = 3*) Sports scores.