Bruins set for divisional showdown with Canadiens

BOSTON MA - FEBRUARY 09: Gregory Campbell #11 of the Boston Bruins and Tom Pyatt #94 of the Montreal Canadiens fight in the third period on February 9 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 8-6. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

After a 3-2 overtime loss to an injury-plagued Pittsburgh Penguins team on Saturday night, the Bruins will try to bounce back tonight against their Northeast Division rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. The B's enter tonight's game 5 points up on the Habs in the standings.

Montreal is currently riding a 4-game win streak after a 3-game trip down south to face the Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Canadiens Leading Goal Scorer


G A P +/- PIM
Brian Gionta 23 12 35 3 20

Canadiens Goaltending


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Carey Price 58 3441 31 21 134 2.34 1739 1605 .923 7


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Alex Auld 11 551 5 2 24 2.61 284 260 .915 0

Injury Report

Boston

Out: Marc Savard (concussion), Steven Kampfer (concussion), Andrew Ference (lower body), Shane Hnidy (shoulder)


Montreal Canadiens Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jaroslav Spacek knee 02/13/2011
Josh Gorges knee 12/27/2010
Andrei Markov knee 11/14/2010
Mathieu Darche groin 02/18/2011

Mike Cammalleri and Brent Sopel are also considered questionable for tonight's game.

Notes:

- Patrice Bergeron is back with the team after being excused from Saturday's game after the death of his grandmother.

- Mark Recchi was granted a personal day on Monday, but is expect to be in Montreal for tonight's game.

- Steven Kampfer and Andrew Ference did not make the trip to Montreal.

- The Bruins and Canadiens have met four times this season. The B's have a 1-2-1 record against the Habs. The teams last met back on February 9th in a wild 8-6 win for the Bruins.

 

- The Habs have pretty solid special teams play. They rank 8th in power play (19.9%) and 7th in penalty kill (83.8%).

- I wonder how many articles will be written up North in the next few days about how the Bruins are a bunch of goons and a disgrace to hockey?

- I wonder how the Habs' decision to burn out Carey Price during the regular season will pan out in the playoffs?

- Tonight's game starts at 7:30 PM ET (NESN, RDS, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

- The Public Skate open thread gets going at 7:00 PM ET.

- For more on tonight's game and the Habs, check out Habs Eyes On The Prize..."Home of 24 Stanley Cups and poorly-researched articles on Boston radio"

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