March 12, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Canadiens

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

42-17-5 (89 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.16 (3rd) 2.19 (2nd) 21.1% (3rd) 82.9% (12th)
 
35-24-7 (77 pts) 3rd in Atlantic
4th in East
2.44 (23rd) 2.47 (10th) 18.8% (13th) 84.6% (4th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Brad Marchand (21) David Krejci (39) David Krejci (55) Bergeron, Boychuk (+30)
Milan Lucic (71) Tuukka Rask (28) Tuukka Rask (2.15) Tuukka Rask (.926)
      
Max Pacioretty (30) P.K. Subban (35) P.K. Subban (45) Gallagher, Plekanec (+8) Brandon Prust (105) Carey Price (26) Carey Price (2.33) Carey Price (.925)

SEASON SERIES

Dec. 5, 2013: Boston 1 @ Montreal 2

Jan. 30, 2014: Montreal 4 @ Boston 1

March 12, 2014: Boston @ Montreal

March 24, 2014: Montreal @ Boston 

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Meszaros
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Miller 

Tuukka Rask

Adam McQuaid (quad)
Daniel Paille (concussion)
Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)

 


Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Vanek - Plekanec - Gionta
Galchenyuk - Eller - Briere
Prust - White - Moen

Markov - Emelin
Bouillon - Subban
Murray - Tinordi 


Peter Budaj

Michael Bournival (concussion)
Josh Gorges (broken hand)
Carey Price (lower body) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins head into this one riding a five-game winning streak. They're fresh off a 5-2 victory over the Panthers in which Patrice Bergeron had three points (1g, 2a).

* Montreal is 1-3-0 in their last four games. In their last two tilts, the Coyotes and Sharks combined to outscore them 9-2.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Carl Soderberg (8 pts last 8 GP)

Loui Eriksson (5 pts last 4 GP)

Reilly Smith (1 pt last 5 P)

Zdeno Chara (1 pt last 6 GP)

* David Krejci has just four goals in 33 career games against Montreal.

 

P.K. Subban (6 pts last 5 GP)

Andrei Markov (9 pts last 9 GP)

Alex Galchenyuk (0 pts last 5 GP)

Peter Budaj (5.12 GAA last 2 GP)

* David Desharnais has 13 points in 17 career games against Boston.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Sans injured No. 1 goalie Carey Price (lower body), the Habs will once again be turning to backup Peter Budaj. Budaj's 3-4-1 in his last eight decisions. He was pulled 22 minutes into his most recent start after allowing two goals on 11 shots in a 4-0 loss to San Jose. The Slovakian netminder comes into this one with good career numbers against Boston, as he's 4-1-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average. Budaj stopped 34-of-35 shots in the Habs' 4-1 win at TD Garden Jan. 30.

* Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask will look to improve upon his 2-10-2 lifetime record against the Canadiens. The B's goaltender is 0-2-0 against them so far this season with a save percentage of .889. Rask owns a 2.56 goals-against average on the road, compared to a 1.83 on home ice. That certainly doesn't boost the B's hopes of pulling out the win at the Bell Centre this evening.

* Boston will get its first look at Thomas Vanek in a Habs uniform. Acquired from the Isles on deadline day, the Austrian winger comes into tonight with 61 points in 53 contests against the Bruins. Vanek has already faced the B's four times this year, between his time in Buffalo and Long Island. He has five points in those four games.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com