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  • Game Day Preview: Canadiens at Bruins


    Game Day Preview: Canadiens at Bruins

    Anthony Travalgia October 22, 2016

    Coming off of Thursday’s 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in the team’s 2016-17 home opener, the Bruins look for back-to-back home wins Saturday night when they host the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins won at home in back-to-back contests just four times last season.

    Montreal comes into Boston without a regulation loss this season at 3-0-1. The Canadiens got star goalie Carey Price back in Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The start was Price’s first since November 25th, 2015. Price missed most of the 2015-16 season with a leg injury and was forced to sit out the start of the 2016-17 season due to illness.

    The Bruins will be without the services of Tuukka Rask tonight as Anton Khudobin will get the nod between the pipes. Rask continues to nurse a leg injury and is considered “day-to-day.” The Bruins recalled Zane McIntyre from Providence Saturday morning. McIntyre leads the AHL in goals-against average (0.44) and save percentage (.977) despite just one start.

    Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/ 98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 3-1-0 (6 points), Canadiens 3-0-1 (7 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines:

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
    Danton Heinen-David Krejci-David Backes
    Matt Beleskey-Riley Nash-Jimmy Hayes
    Tim Schaller-Dominic Moore-Noel Acciari

    Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
    Torey Krug-Joe Morrow
    John-Michael Liles-Colin Miller

    Anton Khudobin
    Zane McIntyre

    Canadiens projected lines:

    Max Pacioretty-Alex Galchenyuk-Brenden Gallagher
    Artturi Lehkonen-Tomas Plekanec-Alexander Radulov
    Paul Byron-David Desharnais-Andrew Shaw
    Phillip-Danault-Torrey Mitchell-Brian Flynn

    Nathan Beaulieu-Shea Weber
    Andrei Markov-Jeff Petry
    Alexi Emelin-Mikhail Sergachev

    Carey Price
    Al Montoya

    Tonight’s storylines:

    – Getting the start in Toronto last Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Khudobin had a rough night, allowing four goals in total including three on the first six shots he saw. Khudobin will look to bounce back against a Canadiens team that he has failed to beat in three lifetime contests.

    – Once again the Bruins received all their offensive production from their top line Thursday night as Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron accounted for their only two goals. The Bruins top line can only carry them so far and the Black and Gold need their other three lines to step up and produce. In Thursday’s win against the Devils, the trio of Danton Heinen, David Krejci and David Backes looked good despite failing to find the scoresheet. Look for that trio to light the lamp tonight.

    – The speed of the Canadiens is something that has gave the Bruins fits over the past few seasons. Despite a younger d-core than we have seen from the Bruins over the past few seasons, they struggled with the speedy Maple Leafs last week. It will be interesting to see how the Bruins plan on slowing down a quick Canadiens team.

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