Tough one to call right now. Montreal will have to play good D as they can not win games going down 4-0 everynight. Theodore will want to make up for his play against them last game, and MTL seems to play closer tighter checking games at home.
Its also hard to bet against a streak, & Dafoe has shown nothing as of yet, so I'm a little stuck!??
GL with whatever you choose, but right now I'm leaning to the under...of course its a small lean
Hey guy's I just wanted to say BOL 2 all in that game, and I am going with the under in it, I agree that Montreal needs to improve their Defensive play ,and so does Boston, both teams have a lot of turnovers, and Montreal I think will learn that they can't fall behind 4 - o early and come back to win, Also I feel they are relying on Theodore too much ,and maybe a goaltending change would help them, or maybe I am just crazy to think that. Final score for tommorow Mtl 3 Bos 1
Ironically, as much as they wanted home ice for the playoffs, now that they're headed to the Molson Centre, they believe the psychology of playing away from the FleetCenter will actually help them defensively.
''I think we'll be a lot sounder in our own end, going into Montreal,'' said goaltender Byron Dafoe, who was outstanding in the first two contests. ''It's kind of the nature of the game when you play on the road: It's not as aggressive and more contained. I think that's what you might expect to see out of us. We've played well in the building and well on the road. It's baby steps, and [Game 2] was a good step in the right direction.''
Now the Canadiens must improve their play in the neutral zone, where they were constantly outnumbered on Sunday, while tightening up on defence. It should come as no surprise that a team that was outshot in 62 of 82 regular-season games has been outshot by Boston in both playoff games.
"It's a good thing to produce some offence, but I still believe the team that plays better defensively and wins the tight games will win the series," Koivu said. "We have to play smarter defensively."
Something else to consider. Three of these first round series were over the first two games-Det/Van, Col/LA, and Mon/Bos. Game 3 of Det/Van and LA/Col each went under after the change in venue. It's hard to bet against the streak and the over is certainly calling on this one, but I'm going to pass.