Bruins take their futility north of the border

The team that has been heading south is heading north to take on the Montreal Canadiens. When the Bruins take the ice at the Bell Centre against the Habs at 3:00, they will try to snap a 10-game losing streak and avoid tying the longest losing streak in franchise history that dates back to the 1924-'25 season. Despite a growing list of injuries that are mounting for the Canadiens, Montreal is riding a 3-game win streak and coming off a 5-3 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Know Your Enemy

Montreal Canadiens (28-25-6)

Head Coach: Jacques Martin

SB Nation's Canadiens Blog: Habs Eyes on The Prize

Leading Goal Scorer:


G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Mike Cammalleri 26 22 48 10 14

 Leading Healthy Goal Scorer:


G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Brian Gionta 16 13 29 2 18

Goaltending:


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Carey Price 33 1953 11 17 89 2.73 1020 931 .913 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jaroslav Halak 28 1632 17 8 66 2.43 922 856 .928 3

Injury Report

Boston: Andrew Ference (probable; groin), Johnny Boychuk (out; head), Mark Stuart (out; finger)

Montreal: Sergei Kostitsyn (questionable; ankle), Benoit Pouliot (doubtful; undisclosed injury), Paul Mara (out; upper body), Marc-Andre Bergeron (out; undisclosed), Mike Cammalleri (out; knee), Oliver Fortier (out; shoulder), Andrei Kostitsyn (out; knee)

Notes:

- Claude Julien indicated that there was a good possibility that Andrew Ference could return to the lineup today after missing time with a groin injury. The defenseman skated during the pregame skate before yesterday's game, but was scratched from the lineup.

- The Habs recently called up 3 players from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.

- In typical Habs fan fashion, Robert from Habs Eyes on The Prize is talking about the past.

- Your useless stat of the day: Bruins are 11-4-2 on Sunday Bowl Sunday (H/T to NESN's Naoko Funayama for that one)

- The Bruins are 0-1-2 vs. Montreal this year.

- There was no morning skate today, so we will not know about lines or starting goalies until game time. I would guess that they would go with Tim Thomas today since they played yesterday and Rask has had the last two starts. I would kind of like to see Julien stick with Rask, though. He has played well the last two games and I would like to see how he responds to playing on back-to-back days with the atmosphere in Montreal.

- The game starts at 3:00 with the Public Skate (open thread) starting right here at 2:30.

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing Habs Fan YouTube Video

That was shot after the #1 seed Montreal Canadiens beat the #8 seed Boston Bruins in 2008...Act like you have been there before.

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