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The Bruins are in Montreal today, but they aren't just there for the french fries and gravy. They are there for a Super Bowl Sunday matinee matchup with the Montreal Canadiens. After going 0-7-1 against the Habs last season, the B's seem to have Montreal's number this year (3-0-1 record vs. Montreal this year). Montreal has struggled lately, going just 1-4 in their last 5 games and it looks like the frustration is starting to mount in the Hab's room. The Canadiens were able to snap a 4 game losing streak when they defeated the LA Kings 4-3 Saturday afternoon.

Just who are these Canadiens you speak of?
Montreal Canadiens 28-15-6; 62 pts (2nd in Northeast, 4th in East)

Leading Goal Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Robert Lang 17 21 38 7 36


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Andrei Kostitsyn 17 12 29 7 21



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Alex Kovalev 13 22 35 6 44


Goaltending


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Carey Price 29 1729 16 7 5 2 73 2.53 838 765 .913 1



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Jaroslav Halak 21 1182 11 8 1 0 57 2.89 593 536 .904 0

Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
Georges Laraque: 5 Fighting Majors
Tom Kostopoulos: 5 Fighting Majors

'08-'09 Season Series
Bruins record vs. Montreal: 3-0-1
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

Injury Report

Boston
G Manny Fernandez: Out (Back Pain)
LW Marco Strum: IR (Knee)

Montreal
RW Georges Laraque: Out (Back & Groin Injuries)
LW Alex Tanguay: Out (Separated Shoulder)
Mathieu Dandenault: IR (Broken Arm)

Notes:

- The Bruins are 7-0-1 when playing on back to back days

- Claude Julien indicated in his comments after yesterday's game that Tim Thomas would get the start in goal today.

- The Canadiens have gone to the shootout 11 times, the most of any team this season.

- For more on the Habs, check out Habs Eyes on the Prize

Open thread starts at 1:00 PM

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