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    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Canadiens

    Tim Rosenthal January 19, 2016

    The aftermath of the 2016 Winter Classic hasn’t been too kind to the Boston Bruins. It’s been even worse for the victors of the NHL’s annual New Year’s Day event, the Montreal Canadiens.

    Although the Black and Gold have won two straight, they are just 3-3-1 in the seven games since their porous effort at Gillette Stadium. As mediocre as that is, the Habs, who took over first place in the Atlantic Division with their 5-1 victory over their rivals, are 1-4-1 since January 1 and have fallen to the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

    The Bruins hold a narrow one point lead over the Canadiens as the two teams meet for the first time since the Winter Classic — in their final meeting of the 2015-16 regular season — tonight at the Bell Centre.

    Both David Krejci and David Pastrnak joined their teammates on the trip to Montreal. Krejci has been ruled out by Claude Julien for tonight while Pastrnak is a game-time decision.

    Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 23-16-5 (51 points), Canadiens 23-19-4 (50 points)
    Location: Bell Centre

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly
    Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Loui Eriksson
    Frank Vatrano-Joonas Kemppainen-Jimmy Hayes
    Zac Rinaldo-Max Talbot-Landon Ferraro

    Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman
    Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Morrow
    Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Canadiens projected lines

    Max Pacioretty-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
    Alex Galchenyuk-David Desharnais-Dale Weise
    Tomas Fleischmann-Lars Eller-Paul Byron
    Jacob De La Rose-Torrey Mitchell-Brian Flynn

    Andrei Markov-P.K. Subban
    Alexei Emelin-Jeff Petry
    Nathan Beaulieu-Mark Barberio

    Mike Condon
    Ben Scrivens

    Matchup to watch: Bergeron vs. Pacioretty line

    Bruins at Canadiens

    The Bruins hope to keep Max Pacioretty and the Habs top line in check in the final meeting of the 2015-16 regular season. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    With a returning Brendan Gallagher, the Habs top line of Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec and captain Max Pacioretty provided a huge spark at the Winter Classic. The trio combined for six points on the day with Pacioretty and Gallagher each tallying a goal and an assist.

    As the Bruins try to pull ahead of the Habs by three points, their top priority in this one is not getting embarrassed by their archrivals. That all starts with the Bruins top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Brett Connolly trying to keep Montreal’s trio in check. Assuming Claude Julien uses this matchup, the B’s will need Bergeron, Marchand and Connolly to set the tempo in all three zones.

    With Michel Therrien’s club banged up by injuries, the Bruins have an opportunity to write the wrongs from the Winter Classic. That all starts by shutting down Gallagher, Plekanec and Pacioretty. Otherwise, history may repeat itself 18 days later.

    Storyline to watch: Can the Bruins create distance from the Habs?

    Bruins at Canadiens

    A Bruins win in regulation would put them three points ahead of the Habs, and within four points of the Florida Panthers for first place in the Atlantic Division. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    The Winter Classic debacle has been behind them for the past two weeks. While they would like to redeem themselves from that, the Black and Gold’s focus is clearly on the task in hand. That task is to separate themselves from the Canadiens in the standings as a win in regulation would put them ahead by three points with a game in hand on their rivals.

    From Bergeron to Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask, the Bruins need their best players to step up in their last game with the Habs this regular season in a building that has not been kind to them over the years.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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