December 5, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Canadiens

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

18-7-2 (38 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.74 (11th) 1.96 (1st) 17.8% (17th) 85.4% (6th)
 
17-9-3 (37 pts) 2nd in Atlantic
3rd in East
2.69 (14th) 2.03 (2nd) 23.8% (4th) 86.0% (3rd)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (9) David Krejci (17) David Krejci (21) Iginla, Seidenberg (+11)
Adam McQuaid (39) Tuukka Rask (14) Tuukka Rask (1.90) Tuukka Rask (.935)
   
Max Pacioretty (10) P.K. Subban (20) P.K. Subban (24)
Andrei Markov (+13) George Parros (37) Carey Price (12)
Peter Budaj (1.80)
Carey Price (.937)


SEASON SERIES

Dec. 5, 2013: Boston @ Montreal

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 - Eriksson
Soderberg - Kelly - Smith
Paille - Campbell - Thornton 

Chara - Hamilton
Seidenberg - Krug
Bartkowski - Boychuk

Tuukka Rask

Adam McQuaid (lower body)

Torey Krug (minor body issues)


Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Briere - Plekanec - Gionta
Galchenyuk - Eller - Prust
TBD - Bournival - Moen

Markov - Subban
Gorges - Emelin
Murray - Diaz 


Carey Price

Rene Bourque (lower body)

Davis Drewiske (shoulder)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins made it two wins in two days on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jackets. Boston's had the last four days off.

* The Habs improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 tilts with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Devils in Newark last night.

* Defenseman Torey Krug is a game-time decision with what's hilariously been described as "minor body issues." Adam McQuaid stayed behind in Boston after reaggravating his lower-body ailment.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Brad Marchand (3 pts last 2 GP)

David Krejci (4 pts last 4 GP)

Carl Soderberg (0 pts last 3 GP)

Greg Campbell (0 pts last 5 GP)

* The Bruins' win on Feb. 6 at the Bell Centre last season marked the first time they'd won the first road game of their season series with the Habs since the 2003-04 campaign.

* Patrice Bergeron will be playing in his 48th career gameagainst Montreal. In the first 47, he has 15-25-40 totals.


Max Pacioretty (4 pts last 3 GP)

Brian Gionta (5 pts last 4 GP)

Andrei Markov (1 pt last 4 GP)

Brendan Gallagher (0 pts last 4 GP)

* Montreal has scored 13 goals in the last three home games. They had 13 goals in the previous seven home tilts before that.

* Tomas Plekanec will be playing in his 53rd game against the B's. In the first 52, he has 10-25-35 totals.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* A nearly 90-year-old rivalry will resume tonight. Usually it takes a game or two for things to come to a boil between these two clubs, but with first place in the division up for grabs, and the realignment shrinking their season series down to four games, I don't think we'll have to wait long for the hatred to start flowing.

* Might we be seeing a goaltending battle that could be repeated at the Olympics in Sochi? Tuukka Rask is considered to be the favorite to earn the starting role for Finland, and Carey Price is right up there among the select number of candidates to be between the pipes for Team Canada.

* The Bruins had a ton of time off to practice and rest up for this one, but sometimes it takes a little time to shake off the rust. With the Canadiens facing the opposite predicament, having traveled back from New Jersey late last night, both teams' recent schedules may wind up playing a factor.

*It'll be a real bummer if Krug isn't able to suit up. For starters, Boston will need him against the second-best penalty kill in the NHL. Furthermore, it was slated to be the rookie's first career game at the Bell Centre. He had an assist -- on the man advantage -- in a 6-5, overtime loss at TD Garden on Mar. 27 in his lone regular-season appearance for the Black and Gold last season.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com