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Bruins vs. Canadiens Game 5 Preview: Home ice again

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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden. TV Broadcast: NBCSN, RDS, CBC. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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Series Record: Bruins 2-2 vs. Canadiens 2-2

Habs Lines:

Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Thomas Vanek
Dale Weise Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Brian Gionta Daniel Briere Rene Bourque
Michael Bournival Ryan White Michael Blunden
Alexei Emelin Andrei Markov
Josh Gorges P.K. Subban
Mike Weaver Douglas Murray
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic David Krejci Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Matt Fraser Carl Soderberg Loui Eriksson
Daneil Paille Gregory Campbell Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton
Johnny Boychuk Matt Bartkowski
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask (starting)
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Game Notes:

  • The keys to the Bruins game today need to be the same as they've been for the first four: maintain possession, exploit the Douglas Murray pairing if he plays, DEPLOY MATT FRASER, and play like Carl. The third line's been the best this round, and as long as the Bruins can keep the Canadiens' top two lines contained, they should be okay.
  • It's a best of three starting now, and the Bruins have re-taken home ice advantage. At this point, it's their series to lose.



Extra Skater Stats Preview

Lots of red circles in that Habs chart....take note of those dark blue circles for Soderberg and Eriksson. They're taking a high percentage of offensive zone faceoffs against low-level competition, and they're eating it up. Great success!