Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens
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.
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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
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
-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.