2019-20 NHL – Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens taking place? Wednesday 27th November, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens taking place? Bell Centre, Montreal

What channel is Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Boston Bruins 4 – 5 Montreal Canadiens

THE TEAM NEWS

BOSTON BRUINS

  • The Bruins on a solid run of form in recent days, as they are coming off a 5-4 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild that extended their winning streak to three games. Owners of a W3, WO1, L1 mark in their last five contests, Boston sit in second place of the Eastern Conference with 35 points after 23 games.
  • Right winger David Backes has been listed as questionable due to an upper body injury, but several other players have been ruled out. The list includes Patrice Bergeron, Brett Ritchie, Karson Kuhlman and Kevan Miller, among others. Anton Bildh has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.
  • Brad Marchand (16 goals, 23 assists) and David Pastrnak (20 goals, 16 assists) have developed into one of the league’s most dynamic duos. Both should be Boston’s main scoring threats ahead of this contest on Canadian ice.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

  • The Canadiens are coming off a 6-5 defeat against the New York Rangers the last time out, and that defeat extended their losing streak to four games although two of those defeats have come after regulation. That poor run of form has Montreal in seventh place of the Eastern Conference with 27 points after 23 games.
  • Montreal shouldn’t have many absences ahead of this contest, though Paul Byron has been ruled out with a knee injury, and Jonathan Druoin won’t play due to a wrist injury. Both players are slated to return in, at least, a few more weeks.
  • Brendan Gallagher should be Montreal’s main scoring threat since he leads the team with nine goals this season. However, the most productive player has been Tomas Tatar, who has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 23 games this term.

THE PREDICTION

There’s no question the Bruins should be listed as favourites ahead of this contest. They own a better recent record, sit higher on the standings, have two of the most in-form players in the league on their roster, and are riding a solid winning streak while the Canadiens have lost their past four matches. Furthermore, Boston have a stronger attack (83 goals scored against Montreal’s 80) and a much better defensive unit (60 goals conceded against the Canadiens’ 75).

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