Ladies, hide your handbags. The Habs are in town.


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The Bruins are set to take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the TD Banknorth Garden. Montreal is still looking to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The Habs can stake claim to a playoff spot in the East with either a win or an overtime/shootout loss tonight.

Just who are these Canadiens you speak of?
Montreal Canadiens 41-29-10; 92 pts (2nd in Northeast, 7th in East)

Leading Goal Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Alex Kovalev 25 39 64 -3 72


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Andrei Kostitsyn 23 17 40 -6 50


Goaltending
GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Carey Price 50 2914 23 15 9 4 135 2.78 1439 1304 .906 1


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Jaroslav Halak 34 1931 18 14 1 0 92 2.86 1077 985 .915 1


Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
Georges Laraque: 9 Fighting Majors
Tom Kostopoulos: 7 Fighting Majors

'08-'09 Season Series
Bruins record vs. Montreal: 4-0-1
10/15 @ MON 4-3 SO L
11/13 vs. MON 6-1 W
11/22 @ MON 3-2 SO W
1/13 vs. MON 3-1 W
2/1 @ Montreal 3-1 W

Injury Report

Boston
The Bruins aren't saying much about injuries now that the playoffs are right around the corner. Claude Julien canceled the morning skate today, so that complicates things even further. Here is what we do know:

LW Marco Sturm: Out for Season (knee)
LW P.J. Axelsson: Doubtful (undisclosed injury)
D Andrew Ference: Out for remainder of regular season (undisclosed injury)
D Dennis Wideman: Doubtful (undisclosed injury)
RW Chuck Kobasew: Doubtful (undisclosed injury)

Montreal
RW Sergei Kostitsyn: Doubtful (concussion)
D Mathieu Schneider: Questionable (upper body injury)
D Andrei Markov: Out (knee)
D Francis Bouilon: Out (groin)
C Robert Lang: Out (Achilles tendon)

Projected Lines

Bruins Projected Lines & D-Pairs

 

Blake Wheeler - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Vladimir Sobotka
Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Byron Bitz

Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Steve Montador - Matt Hunwick
Mark Stuart - Shane Hnidy

Montreal
Forwards
Alex Tanguay Saku Koivu Alex Kovalev
Matt D'Agostini Tomas Plekanec Andrei Kostitsyn
Guillaume Latendresse Maxim Lapierre Tom Kostopoulos
Chistopher Higgins Glen Metropolit Mathieu Dandenault
Defensemen
Mike Komisarek Josh Gorges
Roman Hamrlik Patrice Brisebois
Ryan O'Byrne Yannick Weber

*Montreal lines according to NESN.com

Notes:

- The Bruins called up Vladimir Sobotka from the Providence Bruins.

- The Canadiens callled up defenseman Yannick Weber from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Weber is expected to see some time as the pointman on the power play tonight.

- Several of the B's will be sporting a new look tonight after participating in WBCN's Cuts for a Cause to raise money for the pediatric cancer unit at Mass General Hospital. Speaking of using grooming habits and hockey to raise money for charity, the Bruins Foundation has launched Beard-A-Thon. Fellow Bruins blogger Cornelius Hardenbergh was chosen as today's "Beard of the Day".

- Mathieu Schneider (upper body injury) is participating in the morning skate for Montreal.

- For more on the Habs, check out Habs Eyes on the Prize and Robert's admission that the Bruins hold a special place in his heart.

- The game starts at 7:00 and the public skate (open thread) starts here at 6:00.

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing YouTube Fan Video

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