As the NFL celebrates its 100 anniversary, the league welcomes the Kansas City Chiefs back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years. The Chiefs, 1.5-point favorites in Super Bowl 54, won Super Bowl 4 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings as 12-point underdogs. Their opponents, the San Francisco 49ers have won five of six Super Bowl appearances but none since a 1995 victory in Super Bowl 29.
Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Winter Classic Prediction
Boston Bruins: In a Atlantic Division fight for first
In what is a rather bizarre situation, the top five teams in the Atlantic Division are all separated by just one point. The surprising Florida Panthers lead the way with 46 points, followed by Montreal in second at 45, and Boston holding down third with 44 points. The Bruins earned at least one point during ten of their 14 games in December as they posted a 7-4-3 record last month. That said, Boston has stumbled some recently as they dropped home games against St. Louis (2-0) and Buffalo (6-3) plus a 3-1 contest in Ottawa. Stopping their mini skid, the Bruins crushed the Senators during a fight-filled 7-3 win at home on Tuesday.
Montreal Canadiens: Without Carey Price the Habs have not been right
Backed by plenty of offense, and solid goaltending, Montreal sprinted out of the starting gate with an 18-4-3 record through the first two months of the season. However, after losing Carey Price, plus RW Brendan Gallagher who had posted 19 points in 22 games, the Canadiens crashed in December with a dismal 3-10-0 record. Offense and defense have both been issues for the Habs as they were outscored by a 41-23 margin during their 13 games to close out 2015. Coming out of the Christmas break Montreal lost 3-1 in Washington, posted a 4-3 (SO) win in Tampa Bay and then lost 3-1 in Florida in their last match on Tuesday.
Montreal vs Boston NHL Winter Classic Call: Tuukka Rask (14-9-3 GAA 2.41) faces Mike Condon (10-9-3 GAA 2.48) in the netminding matchup today. Rask has been hot as he went 6-2-2 with a 1.54 GAA and two shutouts in December. Montreal went 2-9-0 last month as Condon allowed 27 goals during his eleven appearances. Montreal gets Gallagher back for this contest while Boston will be without their fourth leading scorer Brad Marchand who was suspended for three games after an illegal hit on Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki in Tuesday's match against the Senators. We are backing Boston with a five unit wager on the money line price posted at the BetOnline.ag sportsbook.
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Over the years, the NHL All-Star Game has gone through many format changes but in the past few years, the league appears to have hit on a formula that works via its division vs division three-on-three tournament. Pitting the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific Divisions in a quick free-for-all, 20-minute mini-games has created an exciting tournament for fans and TV viewers, and a much better wagering environment for sports bettors.
It's been a half century since the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. In fact, it's been 50 years since the Chiefs went to the Super Bowl. But Kansas City is favored to get there this year. The Chiefs go into the AFC Championship Game as 7.5-point favorites over the Tennessee Titans. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are seven-point favorites over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
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