The slate of games is small for the post-trade deadline, but the Boston Bruins are the clear favourite over the roster-stricken Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild look to get their newly acquired players going against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Montreal Canadiens (+190) vs Boston Bruins (-250)
Newly acquired Hampus Lindholm isn’t expected to play for the Bruins in their first game after the trade deadline so fans will have to wait. This doesn’t mean they don’t still have a much better team and have been rolling. The Bruins are 11-2-1 in the past 14 games and are 2-0-0 in their previous two meetings this season outscoring the Canadiens 10-3.
Both Bruins’ goaltenders have been playing well, so whichever direction they choose to go in net, they are covered. The Canadiens have won just two of their past six but have kept things close. The top line of Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, and Josh Anderson has been terrific and has scored at a high pace since Martin St. Louis took over as head coach. With the pace they’ve been going at, the over is likely to hit more often than not.
The over has only hit in one of the last six games the Bruins have played, but without their new acquisition, the score could still get up there one way or another. Take the over for this one (O6, -115) on top of the Bruins edging the Canadiens.
Minnesota Wild (-155) vs Vegas Golden Knights (+125)
The Wild have started to find their game against and have been shutting it down defensively in their past two games. They held the Bruins to two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks to one, coming in having won two in a row. The Golden Knights have also won two in a row after dropping five consecutive games by big margins. The Wild are fighting for positioning within the Central Division, while the Golden Knights are fighting for their playoff lives and to stay ahead of the Dallas Stars.
Both are big games for the teams, but as the odds imply, the Wild have the advantage after adding a couple of key depth pieces, they are the healthy team, and are still dominant at home going 19-7-1 on the season. The Golden Knights came out with two great efforts in their past two beating playoff teams, but that was at home. Now they are on the road, a place where they have struggled a bit more. The over is set pretty high at 6.5, but the way the Golden Knights have been scoring and the lack of NHL talent in net, both teams could score over that amount. Take the over (O6.5, -105).
Odds via Yahoo and BetMGM.