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Preview: A Saturday night showdown with the Montreal Canadiens

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Claude and Co. come to town looking to earn a bright spot in a bleak season.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: 5 PM

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub, NHL TV

Rival SBN site: Habs Eyes on the Prize

Know your enemy

  • Brendan Gallagher: 22G-17A-39PTS; Alex Galchenyuk: 15G-24A-39PTS; Max Pacioretty: 17G-20A-37PTS
  • A whole bunch of dudes play in net. None plays terribly well, but Carey Price is still pretty good at this whole hockey thing. Unfortunately for Montreal (or fortunately for the tank), he’s out.

Game notes

  • The Habs head into Boston having played Friday night in Brooklyn. The Habs won, 6-3, meaning a rest Bruins team should be sitting and waiting for a tired Montreal team. Naturally, the way things have been going this season, Bruins will lay an egg.
  • It will be interesting to see what happens with the Habs in terms of travel. Montreal isn’t exactly going on a mega trip, as Brooklyn and Boston are only a short flight away. However, the weather in Boston (as of Friday night) is brutal, with winds of up to 90 miles per hour and a ton of flights cancelled. There’s a chance the Habs end up on a bus or a train, or they could arrive Saturday morning. Super weird.
  • Montreal heads to town banged up. Rookie Victor Mete was hurt against the New York Islanders on Friday night, as was Max Pacioretty. The hits keep coming.
  • Carey Price was out with a concussion last week, but he supposedly might be traveling on this trip. There’s no reason for the Canadiens to play him the rest of the season, aside from a start here or there to stay loose. They have nothing to gain. Let him rest and recover.
  • The Habs will have a ton of new faces, including Mike Reilly and Noah Juulsen. Also, Tomas Plekanec is gone, so David Krejci won’t have to try to fight him again.
  • Charlie Lindgren played on Friday night, so the Bruins will probably see Antti Niemi tonight.
  • On the home side, one has to imagine Tuukka Rask gets the start. He was shaky early, solid late on Thursday night, but would probably relish a chance to get right back out there and get a good performance going right off the bat.
  • No real updates on whether or not Matt Grzelcyk is ready to return. I’d guess Nick Holden gets in again tonight.
  • Same with Danton Heinen, who was a healthy scratch. Brian Gionta got two assists in his first NHL game in about 832 years. Hard to take him out, right? If your team wins 8-4, I’m guessing you’re not doing a ton of tinkering.
  • What a weird start time, eh? 5 PM on a Saturday?
  • The Bruins have won four in a row against Montreal. They outscored the Habs by an 8-2 margin in the last two games.

Never forget

Brad Marchand is great.