Bookies not keen on Habs's chances against Bruins

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Montreal Canadiens fans may be excused for feeling good about the team today.

But with a likely second-round match up against the hated and fearsome Boston Bruins, bookmakers are saying this may be as good as it gets for the Habs and their supporters.

According to local bookmakers, the Montreal Canadiens have only a 35 per cent chance of advancing past the Bruins.

Bodog's Adam Burns says there is about an 85 per cent probability the Bruins will take their series against Detroit.

He adds that Boston's strengths - especially in goal - will probably be too much for the Habs to withstand.

"All things being equal, if the Bruins were to pass the Red Wings and face the Canadiens in the next round they would be the significant favourites, there's no doubt about that," he said. "They'd have the home-ice advantage, which to a team like the Bruins means something."

Bodog favours the Bruins to eventually win the Stanley Cup, putting their chances at seven-to-two.

Montreal's odds are 13-2, which is a big leap from where they were just two weeks ago.

But Habs fans shouldn't despair just yet: in the four regular season meetings between the two teams, Montreal beat the Bruins three times.



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