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Bruins (28-23-6) vs. Canadiens (31-18-8) Preview: Bye bye bye

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Last game before the bye week! Let’s do it.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: 7:30 PM

Where: TD Garden - Boston, MA

How to follow: NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Eyes on the Prize

Team leaders

Scoring: Max Pacioretty - 28G-28A-50PTS; 14G-28A-42PTS

Goaltending: 24-13-5, 2.42 GAA, .918 sv%

Game notes

  • Tonight is Chinese Cultural Night at the Garden, presented by the B’s China-based sponsor, ORG Packaging. Not sure what that will entail, but expect some cool intermission displays and the like.
  • Also, there’s another blizzard warning in effect for the Boston area. Seeing as this is a nationally televised game, I doubt it gets postponed. However, we’ll keep you posted.
  • Both teams played yesterday, with the Habs losing at home to St. Louis, 4-2. The Bruins, as you know, beat Vancouver, 4-3.
  • The Habs have been mired in a funk as of late. They’ve lost 6 of their last 8, including 4 of their last 5. Their lone win was a 5-4 OT squeaker over Arizona.
  • The Bruins won the last meeting between these two teams, a 2-1 OT win. You may remember that game as the one where the Bruins scored twice in overtime.
  • Expect Tuukka Rask, with two full days off, back between the pipes for the Bruins tonight. Rask may be the Bruin who benefits most from the bye week, as it’ll give him an extended rest for the first time since September.
  • Peter Cehlarik fared pretty well in his NHL debut yesterday. While he was held without a point, he led the team in 5v5 CF% at 73.68%. He had a beautiful pass to David Pastrnak in the first period that led to a golden scoring chance, and generally looked comfortable with the NHL game.
  • With Cehlarik having a good game and Jimmy Hayes registering an assist and a good net drive on the Bruins’ first goal, it’s hard to see Matt Beleskey getting back in the lineup today.
  • Beleskey has been having a rough go of it, with just one assist since his return from injury in mid-January. If you extend it back beyond his injury, he has just two assists in his last 19 games.
  • A regulation win puts the Bruins within six points of the Canadiens for the top spot in the Atlantic, with the same number of games played. The Senators are in between.
  • This coming week will really be the big chance for Ottawa and Toronto to make their moves, as they’ll eat through their games in hand. Go "whoever is playing Ottawa and Toronto!"

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