The Bruins will cap off one of the greatest days of the year for Boston sports when they take on the Canadiens in Game 3 tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Deranged individuals who think that running 26.2 miles is fun started off the day with a leisurely stroll through the streets of Boston, the Red Sox took on the Orioles at Fenway in their annual 11:00 AM Patriot's Day game, and a scheduling snafu has the Bruins and Celtics playing simultaneously tonight. For me though, the only game in town is the one that is out of town. The Bruins will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the hated Habs after taking the first two games at home.
Projected Lines (based on morning skate):
P.J. Axelsson - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Bruins Projected Lines & D-Pairs
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
Blake Wheeler - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Byron Bitz
Steve Montador - Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart - Shane Hnidy
P.J. Axelsson - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel
Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
"I'm not giving out my lineup today."
- Montreal head coach Bob Gainey on tonight's tonight
Projected Starting Goaltenders:
"Can't tell you."
- Montreal head coach Bob Gainey on who will be the starting goaltender tonight
LW Marco Sturm: Out for Season (knee)
D Andrew Ference: Out (undisclosed)
D Matt Hunwick: Out (spleen)
D Andrei Markov: Doubtful(knee)
C Robert Lang: Out (Achille's tendon)
D Francis Bouillon: Doubtful (groin)
LW Milan Lucic: 1 game for crosscheck/gloved punch to the head of Maxim Lapierre in Game 2.
- In a complete role reversal, the Bruins are giving out more information than the Habs.
- Bob Gainey would not name a starting goalender for tonight's game, but Carey Price was the first goalie off the ice during the morning skate, which usually indicates that he will be the starter.
- Andrew Ference skated for the first time since his injury this morning. He skated on his own after the morning skate. He is not expected to play in this series.
- No word on any call-ups from Providence but I would not be surprised to see one or two players get the call before game time.
- Georges Laraque was back on his soapbox this morning. Apparently, the NHL has warned Laraque after his jarring with Lucic during the pregame skate prior to Game 1. No real bulletin board worthy quotes from the Habs enforcer but a pretty interesting interview. (audio)
- The Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder line is back together after Wheeler was promoted to the third line after Lucic's suspension. Rookie Byron Bitz will take Wheeler's spot on the fourth line.
Views from Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge Tinted Lenses
Habs Eyes on The Prizes (SBN Habs Blog) - Your #1 Source for Habs History....and delusional homerism. In all seriousness, if you want to learn more about the B's-Habs rivalry, check out Robert's awesome (and only slight slanted) post on the history of the rivalry.
Habs Inside/Out - Montreal Gazette's Canadiens Blog
Four Habs Fans - One of the funniest hockey blogs out there. My site has been featured a lot on their "Inside View of the Massholes", so I figured I would throw a link their way. Come for the jokes, stay for the pics of hot chicks.
25Stanley - For those of you that actually paid attention in high school French class.
Daily Hab-it - Habs blog written by freelance sports reporter Arpon Basu