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Preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 12/12, 7:30pm ET

Potent offense meets a team juggling its lines, and struggling to find its identity.

Marchand leads the Bruins in points, and has passed the 'energy torch' to Pastrnak.
Marchand leads the Bruins in points, and has passed the 'energy torch' to Pastrnak.
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts:

Who: Boston Bruins (15-12-2, 32 points, 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in East)
visit the Montreal Canadiens (19-6-3, 41 points, 1st in Atlantic, 1st in East)

What: An Original Six matchup and one of the most storied rivalries in hockey. I can't believe it's Wednesday already! (Wait...)

Where: Centre Bell, Montreal, QC, Canada, The Great North

When: 7:30 PM (Eastern)

How to follow: NESN, NHLN-US, SN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Eyes on the Prize

MTL Team Leaders:

Points: Max Pacioretty, 24; Alexander Radulov and Alex Galchenyuk each have 23

Goals: Pacioretty, 12

Assists: Andrei Markov, with 18; Radulov follows him at 17

Shots: Pacioretty, 86

BOS Team Leaders:

Points: Brad Marchand leads with 25, closely followed by David Pastrnak at 24.

Goals: Pastrnak, 18 (!); Marchand is second with... 8.

Assists: Marchand, 17

Shots: Torey Krug, 86; Pastrnak has 83

Game notes

  • I'll just get this one out of the way: the Habs won 10-1 at home - where they are 14-1-1 - over the Colorado Avalanche last week, a team the Bruins recently lost to by a 4-0 score. David Pastrnak had two goals for himself.
  • Bruins have 2 point lead on four - FOUR - different teams in the east, meaning that the time is now to right this ship, as the room for error has already evaporated. On a positive note, just one of the teams below Boston in the standings has a better goal differential, the Tampa Bay Lightning, at 0. The Bruins are -1. Did I mention that it's a positive note?
  • There's ample shooting from the Bruins, but little to show for it. A shuffle of lines and power-play sets at practice are Claude's efforts to restart the engine; will they carry into tonight's game? Look for the 'Lines' post later this morning.
  • Carey Price made a valiant attempt to remove Kyle Palmieri's spine on Saturday.

Never Forget: