Just the facts:
When: 7:30 PM
Where: Bell Centre Montreal, PQ
TV: NBCSN, Sportsnet, RDS
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NHL Radio
Rival SBN Site: Eyes on the Prize
Ah, yes. Another visit to Montreal, another chance for the Bruins to find some innovative new way to lose a game to their archrival. The Bruins haven't beaten Montreal in the regular season since March of 2014. That win ended a five-game losing streak to the Canadiens, so to say things haven't gone well against the Habs as of late would probably be an understatement.
The Canadiens continue to sit atop the Eastern Conference, though their grip on first place isn't quite as solid as it was last time these two teams met. The Habs have lost two in a row and have a few teams on their heels, including Washington (1 point back) and both New Yorks (Rangers are 2 points back, Isles are 4).
The Bruins had a nice little run come to an end on Monday night vs. Nashville. They earned points in eight straight, enough to give them a one-point cushion on Pittsburgh for 8th place in the East. They're 6-2-2 in their last ten.
Both Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price are out somewhat long-term for Montreal. Joonas Kemppainen was placed on IR yesterday for the Bruins.
Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec share the team lead in scoring for Montreal, each with 25 points. PK Subban is in 3rd, surprisingly with just one goal (and a whopping 20 assists).
Hot for the Bruins: Brad Marchand, with three goals in his last three games; David Krejci, with points in five of six games; and Patrice Bergeron, with points in eight of ten.
Special teams will likely tell the tale of tonight's game. Montreal has the league's third-best penalty kill, while the Bruins still boast the league's best power play. Montreal's power play is fifth in the league, while the Bruins' PK is 23rd. Woof. If Montreal gets the calls Bruins fans think they usually get at home, it could be a long night.
With Jonas Gustavsson starting on Monday, it's a safe bet that Tuukka Rask will start tonight. Rask is 3-14-3 in the regular season vs. Montreal, with a GAA of 2.74 and a save percentage of .906. Yikes.