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Boston vs. Montreal: Chapter Three

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Mandatory Credit: csnne.com

Mandatory Credit: csnne.com

Once again, it’s the matchup every Bruins and Canadiens fan marks on their calendar during the regular season. One of the more famous rivalries in sports adds another chapter Wednesday night at Bell Centre. With both teams still in the hunt for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, this game holds a lot of importance for both sides.

The Last Meeting: The Montreal Canadiens overpowered the Bruins at the TD Garden on January 30th, defeating the B’s 4-1. After going up 2-1 during the first period, the Canadiens never looked back. The Bruins gave up two more goals in the second period, and were never able to find an answer for Montreal’s offense. Peter Budaj backstopped the Habs to victory, making 34 saves that night for a .971 Save%.

The Canadiens This Season: Currently one point out of second place in the Atlantic Division, Montreal poses a great threat to take the inaugural (newly formed) Atlantic Division title. The Canadiens edged the Bruins for the Northeast Division title last season by a single point in the standings. With an overall record of 35-24-7, there are one point behind second place Toronto, and 12 points behind the division-leading Bruins. Going into tonight’s game, they have lost two consecutive games; and hold a record of 6-3-1 in their last ten. The Canadiens will also pose an interesting threat after adding Thomas Vanek at the trade deadline. Vanek has been known to have some of his stronger games against the Bruins, no matter which team he happens to be on.

Season Series: Montreal currently leads the season series 2-0-0. They have also won the last five games against the Bruins. This is the third of four meetings between the Bruins and Canadiens this season.

All-Time Series: This will be the 724th all-time meeting between Boston and Montreal. The Bruins trail in the series, 270-342-103-8.

Projected Lines:

Boston Bruins:

  1. Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
  2. Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
  3. Eriksson-Kelly-Söderberg
  4. Caron-Campbell-Thornton
  • Chara-Meszaros
  • Bartkowski-Boychuk
  • Krug-Miller

*Daniel Paille is expected to miss the next two games with mild concussion symptoms.

Montreal Canadiens:

  1. Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
  2. Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta
  3. Galchenyuk-Eller-Briere
  4. Prust-White-Moen
  • Markov-Emelin
  • Bouillon-Subban
  • Murray-Tinordi

Bruins Leading Scorers:

  1. David Krejci (16 G, 39 A, +26)
  2. Jarome Iginla (20 G, 29 A, +24)
  3. Milan Lucic (19 G, 28 A, +20)

Canadiens Leading Scorers:

  1. P.K. Subban (10 G, 35 A, +3)
  2. Max Pacioretty (30 G, 13 A, -2)
  3. Andrei Markov (6 G, 32 A, +6)

Starting Goaltenders:

Boston: Tuukka Rask: (28-14-4, .926 Save%, 2.15 GAA, 6 SO*) *league-leading

Montreal: Peter Budaj: (8-7-2, .909 Save%, 2.42 GAA)

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Greg Celona
Greg studies Journalism at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, He is a student assistant for UMass Lowell athletic communications.. He has been covering hockey since May 2013. You can contact him via email at umlgcelona@gmail.com. You can also find him on Twitter @G_Celona

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