Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins Playoff Betting

montreal canadiens vs boston bruins playoff odds

One of the fierciest rivalries in hockey will be reignited when the Montreal Canadiens face the Boston Bruins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. This Thursday, May 1st, will be the 34th time Montreal and Boston will meet in the playoffs, which is the most of any two teams in the NHL. Read our preview of Montreal vs Boston, along with betting odds for this playoff series twhich has the makings of a classic!

The odds makers currently have the Montreal Canadiens as (+200) underdogs while Boston are the (-240) favourites. The early betting money has shown up on Boston driving the odds up from (-190).

  • Montreal Canadiens 4-0 +2835
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-1 +1301
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-2 +708
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-3 +678
  • Boston Bruins 4-0 +752
  • Boston Bruins 4-1 +314
  • Boston Bruins 4-2 +438
  • Boston Bruins 4-3 +406

It was expected that Boston would be made the favourite by the odds makers, considering they were favoured to win the Stanley Cup outright before the playoffs began (and still are). Montreal entered the playoffs with an outside shot at winning the Cup at (+2000) odds according to online betting sites, but have since dropped to (+750) after the impressive 4 game sweep of Tampa Bay.

The Montreal Canadiens had success against Boston in the regular season winning 3 out of 4 meetings, including 2 road games on Boston’s home ice. Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty clearly brings his A-game when facing the Bruins, having scored two game winning goals against them this season.

As one of the team’s best goal scorers, the Canadiens have a lot of success when Max Pacioretty puts th puck in the net. That is why Pacioretty has been targeted in the past by Bruins like Zdeno Chara, who fractured his neck after driving him into the boards back in 2011, making this one of the key matchups in the series.

Another Montreal player that gets up for playing Boston is Brendan Gallagher, who has made his reputation as a pest that has already gotten under the Bruins collective skins. Gallagher is known to draw penalties and if he can agitate some of the temperamental Bruins (like Milan Lucic) his presence in this series could be key.

After winning a gold medal with Canada, Montreal goaltender Carey Price was snubbed in the Vesina Trophy voting while his counterpart, Tuukka Rask, is in the running for the award. However, that doesn’t tell the story of who is the better goalie, as Carey Price has proven himself capable of playing at world level.

Price has a 17-8-3 record, with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in his career against Boston. On the other hand, Tuukka Rask has struggled against Montreal throughout his career and his 2-10-2 career mark against the Canadiens is his worst against any team in the league.

All in all, this series is actually quite evenly matched and there is a good chance that it goes the full 7 games, which would be a playoff classic for sure.

Where to bet on Montreal vs Boston Online

Canadians can bet on the Montreal vs Boston playoff series at Bet365, who already have series betting prices out along odds for with how many games the series will go. Canadians who sign up to Bet365 will receive a 100% deposit bonus up to $200.