Canadiens home underdogs facing Bruins on Saturday night

Boston Bruins centre Ryan Spooner, left, is checked into the boards by Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry (26) during first period NHL hockey action Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to win three games in a row for the first time since early December when they host the Boston Bruins on Saturday as +115 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Montreal enjoyed a five-day break following a 5-2 win over Vancouver as -180 home chalk on Sunday, and has tallied wins in three of four home games going into Saturday night’s Bruins versus Canadiens betting matchup at the Bell Centre. However, the Canadiens continue to sit well outside the NHL playoff picture, trailing the Carolina Hurricanes by eight points for the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens have also struggled against Boston, getting outscored by a 6-1 overall margin in two straight defeats including a 4-0 loss as +122 road underdogs in their most recent meeting last February.

While the Canadiens attempt to avoid missing the post-season for the second time in three years, Boston returns from its bye week as the hottest team in the NHL. Since opening the campaign with just six wins in their first 17 outings, the Bruins are a sparkling 17-3-3 in their past 23. Boston’s recent success is finally getting reflected on the Stanley Cup odds, where they have rocketed to a respectable +1800 after lagging at +4000 at Christmas.

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Elsewhere, the Winnipeg Jets aim to pad their lead atop the Central Division standings, when they continue a four-game road trip with a Saturday-night date against the Minnesota Wild.

The Jets are coming off a 2-1 loss in Chicago as slim -103 underdogs on Friday night, but have won six of eight to maintain top spot in the Central Division, and have climbed to +1200 on the NHL futures after opening the season at a distant +4500.

Later on Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers hit the ice for their first-ever road date with the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights.

Vegas tallied a seventh straight victory at T-Mobile Arena with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers as -198 chalk last Sunday, improving its NHL-best home record to a stunning 18-2-1.

The Golden Knights are also 11-1-0 in 12 clashes with Pacific Division opponents this season. However, their sole defeat came against the Oilers, a lopsided 8-2 loss as +162 road underdogs on Nov. 14.

On Sunday, the Calgary Flames vie for a seventh straight win as they close out a four-game road trip in Carolina, while the Canucks look to record consecutive wins for the first time since early December as they host the Wild.

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