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Game #29 ~ Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens. Wednesday, December 9th, 2015.


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Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

BRUINS (14-9-3) at CANADIENS (19-6-3)



Season series: The Montreal Canadiens have a defeated the Boston Bruins twice by 4-2 scores heading into the final game between them prior to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year's Day. Montreal forwards Lars Eller and David Desharnais scored the tying and go-ahead goals respectively in the third period of the Canadiens' come-from-behind win at Bell Centre on Nov. 7, when Boston forward Frank Vatrano scored in his NHL debut. Montreal center Alex Galchenyuk has five assists, Eller has three goals, and Desharnais and center Tomas Plekanec have each scored twice. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has a goal and an assist.

Bruins team scope: Boston center Joonas Kemppainen was placed on injured reserve Tuesday because of an upper-body injury sustained during a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday. Forward Max Talbot was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League. Goalies Tuukka Rask and Jonas Gustavsson and injured defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Colin Miller were among 10 players who took to the ice for an optional practice at TD Garden before the Bruins flew to Montreal. "The first time that we played against them, we didn't have a good game at all," forward Ryan Spooner told the Bruins website Tuesday. "Last game, I actually thought it was one of our best games of the year. They're skilled and they're fast, so as a team I think we have to try and slow them down and be good in the neutral zone. So I think that's our focus." Injured forward David Pastrnak skated before his teammates Tuesday.

Canadiens team scope: Montreal recalled forward Charles Hudon from St. John's of the AHL on Tuesday after injured forward Alexander Semin cleared waivers. Semin, who was assigned to St. John's, had one goal in three assists in 15 games and hasn't played since he sustained a lower-body injury on Nov. 25. "It's about performance and he needs to go back there and work on different things and bring his game to a better level of acceptation that we believe he needs to play in the NHL," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after practice Tuesday. Galchenyuk continued centering a new line with left wing Max Pacioretty and right wing Sven Andrighetto Tuesday. Plekanec skated with Eller and right wing Paul Byron, and the line of Desharnais, left wing Tomas Fleischmann and right wing Dale Weise was reunited. "[Galchenyuk] has taken his game to the next level, I think, the last couple of weeks," Pacioretty said. "He's done great with Lars and Sven and whoever's been put with him, and the brief moments I've been with him I've felt very comfortable, so I think he's ready to make the next step, and I think from up top that's what it looks like as well."


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Who's going to be in goal? Condon or Tokarski?

If it's Tokarski, I'm putting my money down on a Habs loss -_- .

From Hockey Inside/Out: "This is the first game in a back-to-back set with the Canadiens playing the Red Wings Thursday in Detroit. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski is scheduled to make his first start of the season in Detroit."

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Projected lines

Max Pacioretty - Alex Galchenyuk - Sven Andrighetto
Lars Eller - Tomas Plekanec - Paul Byron
Tomas Fleischmann - David Desharnais - Dale Weise
Daniel Carr - Brian Flynn - Christian Thomas
Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban
Emelin - Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu - Tom Gilbert
Mike Condon
Dustin Tokarski
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