This is a 1* free play on the Montreal Canadiens over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
These teams have played three times this year: Boston won 2-1 in Montreal on February 6th. Montreal then won 4-3 in Boston on March 3rd, and 6-5 on March 27th. The Bruins are 24-8-4 this year, including 11-6-2 on the road. They're coming off a hard-fought 1-0 win over New Jersey on Thursday. Montreal is 24-8-5, including 12-4-3 at home, and is coming off a relatively easy 4-1 win over Winnipeg on Thursday. It's the final meeting of the year between these Northeast Division rivals, and Boston sits just a single game back of the Habs for the division lead. Both teams come in rested. Both teams come in with plenty of momentum. Divisional battles are always the toughest, and that's doubly so at this time of year. This game will definitely have a "playoff" atmosphere. If this was in fact a playoff game, Montreal would be favored by much more than the current line. Fantastic value, as home ice advantage at the Bell Centre is a legitimate factor at this time of year. Consider a second look at the home side in this one.