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Game Preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens 1/17/18

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Game 2 vs, the Canadiens, with Claude’s return to the city he won his Cup with. Buckle up Bruins fans!

NHL: JAN 13 Bruins at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just the Facts:

Time: 7:30pm EST

Place: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Place to Watch: NBCSN

Place to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Opposing SBNation Blog: Eyes On The Prize

The Opposing Team:

Leading Scorer - Max Pacioretty & Alex Galchenyuk (11g, 13a, 24pts), Brendan Gallagher (16g, 7a, 23pts)

Standings - 6th in Atlantic (18-20-6, 42 pts)

Game Notes:

  • Expect Rask back in net. He wasn’t perfect on Saturday in Montreal, in fact he looked bad at points but he made the crucial saves when needed and got an all important 2 points versus the Habs. Can he go 2-2?
  • The Habs are bad. This isn’t a note. I just like typing that.
  • The Canadiens lost Andrew Shaw to injury, so they claimed Logan Shaw off waivers from Anaheim keeping their Shaw/60 atop the league. Checkmate NHL - Bergevin Probably
  • Speaking of injuries, Philip Danault who was injured by a Zdeno Chara slapshot has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss this match up. Thankfully, he will be okay after a truly scary moment on Saturday.
  • As Shawn wrote on Saturday, the Canadiens rarely shoot from the middle, instead taking shots from the dots and the boards. Keeping them away from the crease is crucial.
  • Carey Price played the last two games, including in Boston. There’s a chance the Bruins face the Canadiens backup Antti Niemi who is, in a word: not great. Wait that’s two words... His stat line, 4.8GAA, .865SV% and a 0-5-1 record. Here’s hoping the Bruins get this guy and not Carey Price.
  • The stretch of games without a regulation loss to is at 13 games and is the longest since March 2nd-30th (16 games).
  • The Habs are bad.
  • The Bruins put forth a fairly lackluster effort in a matinee game versus the Dallas Stars on Monday but managed a point nonetheless. Can the point streak continue against the Canadiens? Tune in at 7:30 to find out and don’t forget to follow along on Twitter at @cupofchowdah and @cbeswick

Never Forget:

All of it. This is Bruins vs. Canadiens. The history is written in your DNA.