January 30, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Canadiens

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

34-15-3 (71 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.04 (5th) 2.15 (2nd) 20.3% (7th) 82.6% (13th)
 
28-20-5 (61 pts) 4th in Atlantic
5th in East
2.42 (24th) 2.47 (10th) 18.9% (16th) 85.7% (3rd)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Reilly Smith (18) David Krejci (34) David Krejci (45) Patrice Bergeron (+24)
Adam McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (24) Tuukka Rask (2.07) Tuukka Rask (.930)
      
Max Pacioretty (22) P.K. Subban (28) P.K. Subban (36) Gorges, Plekanec (+6) Brandon Prust (96) Carey Price (23) Peter Budaj (2.06) Budaj, Price (.921)


SEASON SERIES

Dec. 5, 2013: Boston 1 @ Montreal 2

Jan. 30, 2014: Montreal @ Boston

Mar. 12, 2014: Boston @ Montreal

Mar. 24, 2014: Montreal @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Paille - Soderberg - Eriksson
Campbell - Kelly - Thornton

 Chara - Hamilton
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Miller

Tuukka Rask

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) 


Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Bournival - Plekanec - Gionta
Bourque - Eller - Prust
Moen - Briere - Parros

Gorges - Subban
Markov - Emelin
Beaulieu - Murray 


Peter Budaj

Alex Galchenyuk (broken hand)
Davis Drewiske (shoulder)
Ryan White (upper body)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins are gunning for their fifth-straight win tonight. They made it four in a row with a 6-2 thumping of Tim Thomas and the Panthers at TD Garden Tuesday.

* Chris Kelly returned to the lineup for the Black and Gold, winning 12-of-15 faceoffs. He was bumped down to the fourth line midway through the contest. Boston sent Ryan Spooner back to Providence to free up a spot on the roster.

* The Canadiens' 3-0 win over Carolina Tuesday snapped a four-game skid. During that stretch, they got spanked in three straight road games, as the Leafs, Pens and Wings combined to outscore the Habs 14-5.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Jarome Iginla (7 pts last 3 GP)

Brad Marchand (12 pts last 7 GP)

Johnny Boychuk (0 pts last 4 GP)

Kevan Miller (0 pts last 12 GP)

* Patrice Bergeron has seven points in his last three games against the Habs.

* Jarome Iginla is three assists shy of 600 for his NHL career.

 

Brendan Gallagher (3 pts last 3 GP)

Max Pacioretty (13 pts last 13 GP)

Andrei Markov (1 pt last 4 GP)

Brian Gionta (0 pts last 4 GP)

* Daniel Briere has 39 points in 47 career games against the Bruins.

* Lars Eller is three points shy of 100 for his NHL career.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* In their lone meeting thus far in 2013-14, the Bruins turned in a lackluster effort, falling 2-1 up in Montreal. The B's are winless in the last four games against their historic rival. Given Montreal's current skid, and the tear the Bruins have been on, now's as good a time as any to earn their first win against the Habs in nearly a calendar year, as they last beat Montreal by a score of 2-1 on Feb. 6, 2013.

* Michel Therrien is turning to backup Peter Budaj, as Carey Price has been under siege as of late. The veteran netminder has played well in two recent relief appearances, but is 0-3-0 in his last three starts and looking for his first victory since Dec. 4. Budaj has been great on the road (5-3-1, 1.98 GAA). He earned a 4-3 victory in Boston last March.

* Max Pacioretty recently ended a three-game point skid, but the New Canaan, Conn., native has been on a tear since getting off to a slow start. The University of Michigan product has 20 goals in the last 39 games for the Habs, as he and linemates Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnais have combined for 27 points in January.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com