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Preview: The Bruins head north for a Saturday night showdown in Montreal

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The first time didn’t go so well.

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Phllip MacCallum/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: 7 PM

Where: Bell Centre - Montreal, QC

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub, NHL.tv (free game)

Rival SBN site: Eyes on the Prize

Know your enemy

  • 11-7-5, 27 points, 5th in the Atlantic Division
  • Max Domi: 11G-15A-26PTS; Jonathan Drouin: 8G-11A-19PTS; Tomas Tatar: 9G-9A-18PTS
  • Carey Price: 7-5-4, 3.17 GAA, .895 save percentage

Game notes

  • Like the Bruins, the Habs played an overtime game last night. Unlike the Bruins, they lost, falling 3-2 in Buffalo. Antti Niemi played in net last night, so expect to see Carey Price tonight.
  • The Habs have been on a mini skid as of late, losing three in a row; two of those loses came outside of regulation, however, so they’ve managed to pick up some points.
  • It’s been an oddly tough go of it of late for Carey Price, whose season numbers are surprisingly ugly. He’s allowed five goals in each of his last two appearances, an OT loss to Washington and a regulation loss to New Jersey. Price’s goals against in his November starts: 4, 4, 5, 6, 2, 2, 5, 5. Yikes!
  • Speaking of goalies who have had “yikes” numbers at times this season, Tuukka Rask will start for the Bruins. While the results weren’t there against Dallas and Detroit, Rask has looked increasingly sharp since his return from leave. A win in Montreal would go a long way toward boosting his confidence and boosting the fanbase’s confidence in him.
  • Hard to say if Bruce Cassidy will tinker with the lines again tonight. The new-look first-line did fine, but didn’t exactly blow the doors off. Anders Bjork could draw back in, with David Backes inching ever-closer to healthy scratch territory.
  • I was surprised to see Max Domi atop the Canadiens’ scoring chart. I was one of those who mocked the trade that sent Alex Galchenyuk to Arizona for Domi, but it seems like it’s working out just fine for Montreal so far.

Never forget

LARGE Z, CRUISING DOWN THE SLOT.