Left this game off the coverage sheet! Oops. That means you get the PREVIEW/LINES COMBO!
When: Tonight, 7 PM
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
How to follow: NESN, NHL Network, TVAS, SN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
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- Montreal played last night in DC, beating the Caps by a 3-2 score. Antti Niemi got the start for the Habs and played well, stopping 24 of 26 shots to give Montreal a much-needed win.
- Logic would dictate Carey Price starting tonight if Niemi got the nod last night, but there’s always a chance Claude Julien tries to ride the hot hand.
- In the two previous games Montreal has played vs. the Bruins, not a single player on their team has recorded more than one point. Not uncommon for a struggling team, but it shows the depth to which Montreal’s big guns are struggling.
- The Habs are currently nine points out of the second wild card spot, with two games in hand on that team (Pittsburgh). However, there are four teams between the Habs and the Penguins. Not ideal for Claude and Company.
- Expect the Habs to have a tribute to Red Fisher, the legendary hockey journalist who passed away on Friday.
With the team on an epic run of late, there aren’t a ton of lineup decisions to be made. The two main ones: goalie and bottom defense pair.
For the latter, it looks like the Bruins will be sticking with the status quo:
Miller skating on fourth pair with Postma, so it looks like he'll sit again. Missed last 2 games with illness. We'll see— steve conroy (@conroyherald) January 20, 2018
There’s a chance that Miller is healthy and the Bruins are just letting McQuaid play, or it could be that Miller isn’t quite 100% yet and the team sees no reason to rush him back.
If it ends up being McQuaid in for Miller, your defense will be:
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid
Up front, there haven’t been any injuries reported and there’s really no need for tinkering. Stick with what’s been working:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes
Tim Schaller - Noel Acciari - Sean Kuraly
With Anton Khudobin starting on Thursday night, it makes sense to assume that Rask will get the start.
Also, we didn’t have a preview up today