Series breakdown: Bruins (3) vs. Canadiens (6)
The Bruins play a heavier game, forechecking aggressively and hitting more. The Canadiens counter with small forwards who are slick and quick. Skating five on five, the Habs are content to stay even with their opponents and win games via their outstanding special teams. Montreal was one of only three teams, along with the Canucks and Lightning, to have Its power play and penalty kill ranked in the league's top 10. Conversely, the Bruins were anything but special in man-up/down situations, ranking in the second half of the league in both categories.
If Boston plays a disciplined even-strength game, it should prevail. But turn these games into a volley of power play chances by being overly aggressive on the physical side and the Bruins could make their own trouble and give the offensively challenged Habs some life.