Bruins vs. Canadiens Preview: FINALLY

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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden. TV Broadcast: NESN, RDS, NHLN-US. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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Records: Bruins 34-15-3 vs. Canadiens 28-20-5

Habs Lines:

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Brandon Prust - Lars Eller - Rene Bourque
Travis Moen - Daniel Briere - George Parros
Alexei Emelin - Andrei Markov
Josh Gorges - PK Subban
Douglas Murray - Nathan Beaulieu
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Daniel PailleCarl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Shawn Thornton - Chris KellyGregory Campbell
Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski - Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Game Notes:

  • Montreal are 4-6-0 in their last 10 - but they're coming off a shutout win over Dobby and the Carolina Hurricanes. Likely they're looking to carry that momentum into the TD Garden tonight.
  • Tuukka Rask is 2-9-2 in his career against the Canadiens.
  • Looks like Chris Kelly will be back on the fourth line at least to start the night, with Daniel Paille slotting in alongside the Swedes. What is Swedish for "pie"?
  • It's kind of nuts how the Canadiens have drafted at least one player from every Memorial-Cup-winning QMJHL team from the last three years. Beaulieu played for St. John, who won in Mississauga in 2011, and Michael Bournival was the poster boy for home-team Shawinigan in 2012 (the poster was pretty intense, as you can see in the background here.) Must be nice to have such a glut of excellent teams that are so close by - perfect for scouting purposes. Last year they scooped up Halifax's star goaltender Zach Fucale, much to my fucking chagrin. Rivalries aside, it's nice to see some of these guys transition to the NHL.
  • Briere centering Parros and Moen is going to be the funniest thing in the world to watch.
  • Can the Bruins hit quota for a fourth game in a row? Probably not, but against the Canadiens, you never know - anything can happen.

NEVER FORGET:

RIP Sturmface's career :(

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