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    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Canadiens

    Tim Rosenthal November 8, 2016

    After a complete effort in last night’s 4-0 win over the Sabres, the Bruins got the start that they needed to start their hectic five-game in seven-day stretch. From Tuukka Rask again standing tall to pass Tim Thomas for third on the team’s all-time shutout list (32) to the contributions from the power play and secondary scoring, the Black and Gold are hoping that those things come to fruition for a second straight night as they travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens for their first of two back-to-backs this week.

    The main storyline from the Bruins perspective entering their Election Night rivalry matchup is what to do with Rask. Do they give him a day off and give Zane McIntyre his second career NHL start? Or will Claude Julien ride the hot hand and give the nod to Rask, who is arguably off to the best start of his career at 7-1-0 with a 1.74 goals against average and .941 save percentage.

    Given Rask’s health and his career record against the Canadiens (5-15-3, 2.69 GAA, .910 SV%), it wouldn’t be all that surprising if McIntyre gets the nod. On the other hand, putting McIntyre into the fire against the red-hot Canadiens with the work in progress Bruins defense in front of him might not be the best idea either.

    Then there was the first matchup against the Canadiens, a 4-2 loss where the Bruins defense left Anton Khudobin out to dry for the most part. Rask provides a calmness for the Bruins D, but at some point, they need to learn how to play without the services of the 2014 Vezina Trophy recipient. After all, the last thing the Bruins want to do is give Rask more of a workload than he already has.

    The Bruins had an optional skate this morning at the Bell Centre. We won’t find out who gets the nod in net until warmups.

    Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 7-5-0 (14 points), Canadiens 10-1-1 (21 points)
    Location: Bell Centre

    Bruins’ projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
    Ryan Spooner-David Krejci-David Backes
    Matt Beleskey-Riley Nash-Austin Czarnik
    Tim Schaller-Dominic Moore-Jimmy Hayes

    Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
    Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
    John-Michael Liles-Colin Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Zane McIntyre

    Canadiens projected lines

    Paul Byron-Alex Galchenyuk-Alexander Radulov
    Max Pacioretty-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
    Daniel Carr-David Desharnais-Andrew Shaw
    Phillip Danault-Torrey Mitchell-Bryan Flynn

    Alexei Emelin-Shea Weber
    Andrei Markov-Jeff Petry
    Nathan Beaulieu-Greg Pateryn

    Carey Price
    Al Montoya

    Tonight’s storylines


    With Noel Acciari out, Jimmy Hayes could return to the Bruins lineup after being a healthy scratch for the last two games. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    – Fourth line winger Noel Acciari left during the third period last night with an undisclosed injury. The Providence College alum did not make the trip to Montreal and will miss his first game of 2016-17. Assuming the Bruins don’t make any callups between now and game time, expect Jimmy Hayes to return to fill in. Hayes, who scored the shootout winner against the Lightning, was a healthy scratch the last two games and has not tallied a point in the last 26 games dating back to last February. Matt Beleskey, who was a healthy scratch in Tampa, has skated well the last two games and tallied his first point of the season against the Sabres. We’ll see if that same message resonates with the Dorchester native against the Bruins’ hated rivals.

    – For all of the Bruins struggles against the Canadiens in recent years, their record at the Bell Centre hasn’t been that terrible. Unlike their home mark against the Canadiens where they haven’t beaten them at TD Garden since January 2012, the Bruins are 4-5-0 in Montreal and have won the last two meetings up north. A good start in the second game of a back to back and extending their streak to seven straight games of scoring first is something the Bruins will strive for as they look to make it three straight at Centre de Bell.

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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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