Bruins set for clash with rival Canadiens

MONTREAL CANADA - DECEMBER 16: Steve Kampfer #47 of the Boston Bruins body checks Mathieu Darche #52 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 16 2010 in Montreal Quebec Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens are in The Hub to take on the Bruins at TD Garden in a mid-week match-up of Original Six teams. The Bruins are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon, while the Canadiens are trying to forget about a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.

The Bruins called up winger Jordan Caron from Providence on Monday. Caron lined up at left wing with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton on fourth line during Tuesday morning's practice with suspended winger Daniel Paille rotating in with Caron on the left wing. Tyler Seguin spent Tuesday's practice splitting time on the right wing with Michael Ryder on a line with Blake Wheeler and Zach Hamill. The consensus seems to be that Tyler Seguin could be watching this game from the 9th floor at TD Garden.

The Canadiens lead the season series 3-0 after a 3-2 overtime win over the Bruins on January 8th. You might recall that was the game that ended with a game-winner from Max Pacioretty followed by a brief scuffle between Zdeno Chara and Pacioretty after the Habs winger gave Chara a little shove while attempting to skate towards his teammates to celebrate. The enraged captain confronted Pacioretty before fleeing the Bruins dressing ron without a word to the media.

Canadiens Leading Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
Brian Gionta 19 9 28 1 12


G A P +/- PIM
Tomas Plekanec 18 25 43 12 42


Canadiens Goaltending


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Carey Price 48 2850 26 17 110 2.32 1408 1298 .922 5


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Alex Auld 8 414 4 2 15 2.17 211 196 .929 0

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

PROBABLE

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Patrice Bergeron face 02/08/2011

Out

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marc Savard concussion 01/23/2011

Patrice Bergeron left practice early on Tuesday and was sent to a local hospital for stitches on his chin after a clearing attempt off the glass by teammate Johnny Boychuk took a funny hop off of a stanchion and struck Bergeron in the face. Bergy is expected to be alright and should be in the lineup tonight.

Daniel Paille still has 3 games left on his 4-game suspension, which stems from a questionable open-ice hit on Raymond Sawada of the Dallas Star.


Montreal Canadiens Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
James Wisniewski flu 02/07/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mike Cammalleri shoulder 01/19/2011
Josh Gorges knee 12/27/2010
Andrei Markov knee 11/14/2010

Notes:

- Could the Bruins' 1st round pick from the Maple Leafs be in play at the deadline?

- James Wisniewski was back at practice for the Habs on Tuesday after missing two games with the flu.

- Montreal has won 3 out of their last 4 games.

- The Bruins have struggled on the power play lately and Claude Julien is experimenting with some new looks with the man advantage:

Unit #1: Mark Recchi (point), Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and David Krejci (half wall).

Unit #2: Dennis Seidenberg and Steven Kampfer (points), Brad Marchand, Gregory Campbell, and Michael Ryder (half wall).

Projected Lines

Boston

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler - Zach Hamill - Michael Ryder
Jordan Caron - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Steven Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg - Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Scratches: Tyler Seguin, Mark Stuart

Montreal

Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Andrei Kostitsyn - Scott Gomez - Lars Eller
Benoit Pouliot - Jeff Halpern - Travis Moen
Tom Pyatt - David Desharnais - Mathieu Darche

Hal Gill - P.K. Subban
Roman Hamrlik - James Wisniewski
Jaroslav Spacek - Yannick Weber

- The Canadiens only have 15 fighting majors this season. The Bruins have had 16 since New Year's Day.

- The game starts at 7:00 PM ET and airs on NESN locally and Versus in other U.S. markets. TSN and RDS will broadcast the game in Canada.

- The Public Skate open thread starts at 6:30 PM ET.

- For more on tonight's game from a Montreal perspective, check out Habs Eyes On The Prize.

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