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Canadiens try to deny Bruins a ninth straight win


Last 10: Boston 8-2-0; Montreal 6-3-1

Season series: After Boston needed overtime in Game 7 to beat Montreal in the playoffs last season, the Habs own a 2-0 mark against the Bruins this season, with wins both at home and on the road. Four regular-season meetings remain between these Northeast Division rivals.

Big Story: It's always an exciting matchup when these two Original Six foes get together, but there is even more intrigue surrounding Monday's game when you consider Boston enters on an eight-game winning streak, one they started only after losing back-to-back games to Montreal at the end of October.

Team Scope:

Bruins: It's fair to say this Boston team is a far cry from the one which the Habs made easy work of in a home-and-home sweep on Oct. 27-29. The Bruins are 8-0-0 in November thanks to an offense that is outscoring opponents 41-14 over that stretch. Boston enters the Bell Centre on the heels of a 6-0 thrashing of the New York Islanders Saturday night, the fifth time in seven games Boston has scored six or more. Coach Claude Julien is excited about returning to Montreal with his team much improved.

"I think our guys are starting to get that feeling again of going out there every night and wanting to be a team that's hard to beat," Julien said. "We're going back to Montreal now, and it's more about what we're doing and not who we're playing. That's where our focus has to be during this next game."

Canadiens: While Boston is getting it done with offense, Montreal is relying on outstanding goaltending to keep its season on track. Carey Price -- who got both wins over Boston back in October -- has been sensational in his last four starts with a 3-0-1 record, a .962 save percentage and two consecutive shutouts. After Saturday's 4-0 shutout win over a New York Rangers team that had won seven in a row, Price and the Habs are in the business of shutting down red-hot offenses.

"He's the backbone of our team, but we did do a good job of getting the puck out of our end," said captain Brian Gionta, who scored twice against the Rangers.

Who's Hot: While second-year phenom Tyler Seguin leads the Bruins in goals (11) and points (21), center Chris Kelly has applied the finishing touch of late. Kelly has 6 points in four games, including 2 goals and 1 assist against the Islanders.

Injury Report: Montreal defenseman Hal Gill (infected cut) is expected to miss Monday's game, while defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (upper body) and center Andreas Enqvist (lower body) are both doubtful. Andrei Kostitsyn is nursing a lower-body injury and has not played since Nov. 5.

Stat Pack: Opposite Price, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas enters Monday on a hot streak of his own. With five wins in a row -- including two shutouts -- Thomas boasts the sixth-best goals-against average (1.92) and eighth-best save percentage (.932).

Puck Drop: The Bruins' Zdeno Chara will play in Montreal days after authorities there decided not to charge him for a hit on the Habs' Max Pacioretty during a game in March that caused Pacioretty to miss the rest of the season with a cracked vertebra.

Bruins president Cam Neely called the decision "good news" and said he considered it a closed matter.


Projected Lines vs. Bruins


Cammalleri - Plekanec - Gionta

Pacioretty - Desharnais - Cole

Eller - Gomez - Moen

Darche - Nokelainen - Palushaj


Gorges - Subban

St-Denis - Weber

Emelin - Diaz




Projected Lines vs. Habs

Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin

Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley,

Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg, Joe Corvo

Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas

Tuukka Rask

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twothumbsup.gif Great GDT 10,,,as usual. Just so you know,,,,,there is no prize for the best GDT. :P

we're in tough with tonites game, I can see a close game that will be a goalies duel. The booins will try to put a lot of pressure on our young D, and hit whenever they can.

Jeez I hate those guys!!! :angry:

Boo! We're gonna lose this game. Shutout for the Bruins! :angry:

I see you picked the Habs to win in the predictions thread tho. :)

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Sweet job on the GDT FH!

The Montreal Canadiens better show up tonight. Boston is on a roll and they'll be looking to avenge their two previous losses to us. This has the chance to go really bad and fast. Two points are needed tonight in regulation.

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Sweet job on the GDT FH!

The Montreal Canadiens better show up tonight. Boston is on a roll and they'll be looking to avenge their two previous losses to us. This has the chance to go really bad and fast. Two points are needed tonight in regulation.

This and This

Bring them on! :D

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Tough call on who has the edge for tonight's game. Boston's won 8 in a row, but the Habs have been very good over their last 8 too. Habs are at home, but home ice hasn't been a huge advantage so far this year. We too the first two in the series against the B's this year, but does that give us confidence or give them drive to win? Thomas is coming off a shutout, but Carey's coming off two. The first goal's going to be important, but I have a feeling the last one might be even more so.

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About the only thing that you can count on in a Bruins/Habs game is the unexpected. There doesn't seem to be any point in looking at the teams' records or hot streaks or recent play as all that stuff seems to go out the window when these opponents meet.

The key to the Habs game is not really much different form any other night, but is certainly more pronounced: team defense needs to be very, very strong. The Bruins have scored four or more goals in seven of their last eight games. That is just nuts. But Montreal's also had some real good shut-down performances. A good start is crucial, as it seems to me that if we can keep the Bruins frustrated in the first they'll be liable to start concentrating more on trying to play physically than on trying to score goals.

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The Canadiens are in tough at home against their arch-rivals, the Boston Bruins, who arrive riding an eight-game win streak. In Brossard, the Habs practised with the same lines used in Saturday’s 4-0 win over the New York Rangers. Defenceman Hal Gill will return to the lineup Wednesday in Carolina, tonight his fourth game out of the lineup. No Jaroslav Spacek tonight either.


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bruins-suck-funny-dark-tshirt-by-cafepress.jpg ....Habbies for the win.B)
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START BUDAJ!!! we have a chance to break a record hear btw the s word was never uttered.. although im joking i half heardtly want budaj to play the bruins..then well see what hes really capable of and imagine what a win againts the coffee addicts would do for budaj

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I know this season my rhymes have been rare

But I don't suppose you really care

I haven't even congratulated on Game day threads

But to think of these things,I would need two heads

So congratulations on work well done

You know these things are always fun

But tonight it's the Gooins we have to beat

Come on guys let them feel the heat

Of all the hate when they get to the Bell

We can win and they can go to hell

Once upon a time the Laffs were our greatest rival

For a long time now,all they do is fight for survival

Now it is the Gooins we love to hate

No time soon will that abate

Our young guys tonight,must know how hard they have to play

If with the big club they want to stay

Just don't let those Gooins get your dander up

They didn't win, they were given the cup

Tonight we can spoil their winning run

Tonight we can see the Gooins undone.

GO HABS GO :lol: :lol:

I am sorry that I haven't told every one how great their Game day threads are,but you must know how they are appreciated.

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For those of us that may want to watch some hockey between 7-7:30,,,,CBC is showing the love-in for Crosby tonite. Pitts VS the Isles @ 7.

Every time I hear a Boston fan refer to Lucic as tough, I watch this video and it makes me smile:

Hey coach,,,I noticed that a post has been removed. I had read it, and it seems quite the coincidence that you posted this. :P;)

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