For the fourth and final time this season, the Bruins will face the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the TD Garden. Boston won the last two bouts, and will be looking to bounce back after Sunday’s 3-1 loss against the Detroit Red Wings, snapping a six-game winning streak.
Despite the loss to Detroit, Boston still claims top spot in the entire league and in the Atlantic Division with a 34-11-12 record. Montreal is currently 27-24-7 and is fifth in the Atlantic Division, five points behind a playoff spot. The Bruins will need to be ready to play against a desperate Habs team in what promises to be an entertaining game:
“As the season progresses, you see the desperation from a lot of teams…it’s a good thing for us and for everyone. It’s the type of hockey that you want to play and be part of. Again, we know when that happens and that desperation comes in, they’re not easy games. They’re tough and hard fought…it’s what we need to get ready for. Looking forward to it.”Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron
Expect goaltender Tuukka Rask in net for Boston. Jaroslav Halak was a late scratch for this past Sunday’s game against Detroit, and will most likely be back for one of the weekend games. Per Coach Bruce Cassidy, Halak will likely go in for Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers. Rask has a current record of 20-5-6 with 2.14 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage. David Pastrnak still leads the team with 78 points (tied for third in the league) and 38 goals (third in the league). Brad Marchand leads the team with 46 assists.
Connor Clifton skated for the first time since December 29th when he suffered an upper-body injury in a game against Buffalo. He will not play in tonight’s game, however he is nearing a return soon. Joakim Nordstrom is expected to be back tonight after being out the last four games due to a medial complication with allergies. Forward Karson Kuhlman was recalled from Providence yesterday. So far he’s appeared in 17 games with the varsity team, netting one goal and four assists.
Marchand - Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk - Krejci - Kuhlman
Bjork - Coyle - Heinen
Nordstrom - Kuraly – Wagner
Chara – McAvoy
Krug - Carlo
Grzelcyk - Moore
BLUE, BLANC, ROUGE
Montreal will be looking to bounce back after losing to the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 this past Monday night. They were coming off a three-game winning streak. Ilya Kovalchuk has had 12 points in 16 games with six goals and assists. Nick Suzuki has 35 points in 58 games. Goaltender Carey Price is 24-19-4 with a 2.70 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage. Tomas Tatar has five points and four assists in his last five games.
Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Kovalchuk - Suzuki - Armia
Drouin - Domi - Lehkonen
Cousins - Thompson - Evans
Byron - Weal - Weise
Chiarot - Mete
Kulak - Petry
Scandella - Ouellet
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7:30pm, TD Garden, NBCSN
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