This Saturday, Hockey Night in Canada will come to you from Boston as the Habs and Bruins continue their epic playoff series. The home bound Bruins have stronger NHL betting odds simply because they’re at home, but Montreal has been anything but a pushover. This series has bee flat out insane and with three more games to go, one of the greatest franchise rivalries in all of sports is about to get even more interesting.
The first three games of this intense series produced 21 total goals, so the fact that the fourth went to overtime with none was a bit bonkers. The Bruins called up a hero in Matt Fraser, who notched the overtime winner as Tuukka Rask picked up a shutout win over Montreal’s Carey Price.
The odds on this game have thusly favored Boston for the simple reasons you’d expect: they’re the better team on paper, they’re at home and they have all the momentum. That’s a heavy price to pay for a home favorite, but it makes a ton of sense, especially when you consider that nearly three-quarters of the action has spilled in on Beantown’s side of the line.
Montreal always has a fighting chance, and the fact that they picked up an unexpected win in Boston during Game 1 should remind you that they do not fear The Garden at all. If anything the Canadiens are a terrific bet if you just like being defiant. There’s no real justification for Montreal’s sudden explosion in this series. Boston just brings the best out of them.
There hasn’t been a definitive moment in this series just yet. Surely, there have been highlights upon highlights and tons of memorable moments but Montreal is not going to fade in to the background quietly. Both teams are full of piss and vinegar and will push the Hockey Night in Canada betting odds to the very brink, and I truly believe that Price and Rask are playing at their peaks now. That makes the safest, overall play in this game the UNDER at 5.0 goals. You can easily hit a push on that number and both teams look acquiesced to the high tempo of the rivalry.
However, if you’re asking me to take a team, then Boston’s the take simply because they’re at home. It’s not much of a lean but honesty is important these days. The Bruins are the better team, but Montreal always plays their best against them and anything can happen in playoff hockey. The metrics force a lean towards the home team despite the relatively large Hockey Night in Canada betting odds in Boston.