Fresh off of a fantastic 4-0 win against the once-hot New York Rangers, the Canadiens welcome the even-more-currently-hot Boston Bruins to Montreal. Bean town has played downright fantastic hockey over the course of their 8 game winning streak, and while many of the teams they have faced during this stretch are of the terrible variety – the Bruins have done what good teams do – win the games they should. That mantra has leaped them from the basement of the Eastern Conference to 7th place – one point ahead of the Canadiens although with two less games played. Montreal finds itself tied for 9th with New Jersey and Washington, though when the conference from 1st to 12th is separated by only 5 points – it is impossible to derive any meaning from the standings.
This much is for sure – Montreal is coming off of an impressive win getting contributions from most of the lineup – but specifically from badly needed vets like Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez. It is going to be a tough slug in the Eastern Conference this season, and Montreal has got to have big contributions from its leaders as well as the youth that has been so impressive thus far this season.
Neither Hal Gill nor Jaro Spacek will dress for tonight’s game.
Keeping the Bruins out of the crease will be the biggest challenge for the Canadiens tonight. An early goal for the home team would be a very effective way to mitigate the big bodies slamming into Carey Price tonight.
Go Habs Go!!