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  • Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens


    Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

    Sara Civian January 17, 2018

    The Bruins forced overtime for a shootout win Saturday — their first meeting with former coach Claude Julien and his Canadiens. Julien, who led the B’s to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years in 2011, returns to Boston for the first time since being fired in February for Round 2.

    After grabbing a point in an overtime loss decided by former Bruin Tyler Seguin in Monday’s matinee, the Bruins are looking to extend their red-hot point streak to 14 games. The Habs have dropped two in a row since their bye week, including a 5-4 setback to the New York Islanders in Montreal Monday night.

    Looking for affordable parking and a quick in and out for Julien’s return to Boston? Head over Constitution Wharf (1 Constitution Rd.) – a short walk to TD Garden – to take advantage of their $15 rate, while avoiding traffic and construction on Causeway St. Tell them Bruins Daily sent you!

    Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NBCSN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 24-10-8 (56 points), Canadiens 18-20-6 (42 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
    Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Ryan Spooner
    Danton Heinen-Riley Nash-David Backes
    Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Noel Acciari

    Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
    Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
    Matt Grzelcyk-Adam McQuaid

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Canadiens projected lines

    Max Pacioretty–Paul Byron–Charles Hudon
    Alex Galchenyuk–Jacob De La Rose–Jonathan Drouin
    Artturi Lehkonen–Tomas Plekanec–Brendan Gallagher
    Nicolas Deslauriers–Byron Froese–Daniel Carr

    Karl Alzner–Jeff Petry
    Jordie Benn–Jakub Jerabek
    Victor Mete–David Schlemko

    Carey Price
    Antti Niemi

    Bruins-Canadiens storylines

    -As we’re all aware at this point, Claude Julien is making his debut as a visiting coach in Boston.

    “As a young family, this is where our roots are. There’s a lot to love about this city. It’s a great sports town. The fans are good. There really isn’t anything not to like about this city,” Julien said before the game. “This time, though, I’m going to try to get them not to like me at the end of the game.”

    – Julien might’ve failed at that task when his team hosted the Bruins in Montreal Saturday, as the B’s came away with a 4-3 shootout win. This is the second of three meetings in one week between the rivals. The two teams renew acquaintances Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

    – The Bruins are 7-0-3 in their last 10. The Canadiens are 3-5-2 in that span and are struggling to find consistency on the road (7-12-1)

    – Adam McQuaid will finally make his return to the lineup as Kevan Miller sits out because of an illness. Between his broken right fibula sustained on Oct. 19 and the Bruins hot streak, McQuaid’s services haven’t been needed until Wednesday. McQuaid was cleared to play a few weeks ago and is eager to make his long-awaited return.

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