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Bruins at Canadiens: What bettors need to know

Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (+101, 5)

After maintaining their mastery of one Original Six foe, the Boston Bruins look to continue that trend against another when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Tuukka Rask turned aside all 21 shots he faced to make Chris Bourque's goal in the first period stand up as Boston skated to a 1-0 triumph over Toronto on Saturday. The victory was the Bruins' seventh straight and 24th in 34 outings (24-5-5) versus the Maple Leafs.

Boston will by vying for its fifth consecutive win over Montreal on Wednesday - but it won't be easy. Carey Price continued his solid start by making 32 saves as the Canadiens posted their second straight triumph with a 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Sunday. The win was Montreal's fifth straight at the Bell Centre since a 2-1 season-opening loss to Toronto.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN

CONSENSUS:
55 percent of Covers Consensus plays are on the Bruins while 54 percent are on the over.

ABOUT THE BRUINS (6-1-1, 4-4-0 over/under):
Rask has dropped his last five starts and seven of eight decisions overall (1-6-1) versus the Canadiens. The netminder could use a little help from captain Zdeno Chara, but he's had his own troubles north of the border. The hulking defenseman actually was cheered by the Bell Centre faithful in his last visit after he was struck on the chin by Tomas Plekanec and remained on the ice. Chara had just three assists in the season series in 2011-12.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (6-2-0, 4-4 over/under):
Solid goaltending and stingy defense have aided in the fast start of Montreal, which has yielded just 17 goals in eight contests. The immediate production of third overall pick Alex Galchenyuk (seven points) and fellow rookie Brendan Gallagher (five) also has been a boost. Max Pacioretty, who had an assist on Sunday in his return from an appendectomy, has set up five goals in his last three contests.

TRENDS:    

* Bruins are 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Over is 5-2-3 in the last 10 meetings in Montreal.
* Bruins are 11-23 in the last 34 meetings in Montreal.

OVERTIME:

1. Boston C Brad Marchand returned to practice on Tuesday. The pesky Nova Scotia native exited Saturday's game in the second period after careening into the end boards.

2. Montreal D Andrei Markov has scored all four of his goals on the power play - with three serving as game-winners.

3. Boston recalled C Ryan Spooner from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday. Spooner wore a maroon jersey and participated on the second line during Tuesday's practice.

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