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TONITE OUR HABS TAKE ON THE BEANTOWN RUINS

Tue, Nov 26  7:00 PM ET  Boston @ Montreal  TSN2, RDS, NESN.

NEED TO KNOW, OR NOT.

This is the second of four meetings between these teams this season. The Canadiens ended a six-game Boston win streak when they defeated the Bruins 5-4 on Nov. 5 at the Bell Centre. Defenceman Victor Mete led the offence in that game with two goals. The Canadiens are on a four-game losing streak and clinging to third place in the Atlantic Division. This time, the Bruins are on three-game win streak and lead the division with 35 points, eight more than the Canadiens.

Carey Price continues to struggle. While he’s among the league leaders in wins with 10, he has lost nine times and his numbers have been trending in the wrong direction. After giving up six goals in the Saturday loss to the New York Rangers, he has a 2.89 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. Tuukka Rask is enjoying an outstanding season for the Bruins and has an 11-2-2 record. He ranks fourth in the NHL with a 2.18 goals-against average and his .928 save percentage is tied for fifth-best.

 

 At the beginning of last season, there were questions about whether Max Domi could play centre. One-quarter of the way through this season, it has become obvious that centre is the best position for Domi. Claude Julien moved Domi to left wing to give rookie Nick Suzuki some time at centre, but abandoned the plan after four games because Domi looked uncomfortable on the outside. The two flip-flopped positions Saturday and, on a night when everything else went wrong, Domi and linemate Artturi Lehkonen each had two goals and an assist, while Suzuki picked up two assists. Suzuki is third in the NHL among rookie goal-scorers with six.

Marchand leads the way: There was a time when Brad Marchand was best known as an annoyance, the kind of chirpy player who got under opponents’ skins. But Marchand has reinvented himself as an offensive threat who ranks among the NHL’s top scorers. He had three goals and four assists in three Boston wins last week and was named the week’s top NHL star for the second time this season. Marchand collected 100 points last season and is on the way to the century mark again with 39 points, including 16 goals. Linemate David Pastrnak leads the league with 20 goals.

Medical updates: Marchand and Pastrnak will be without top-line centre Patrice Bergeron, who will miss games in Montreal and Ottawa because of a groin injury that dates to the playoffs last season. The Bruins will miss Bergeron, but they have a capable replacement in David Krejci, whose defensive skill is reflected in his plus-15 rating. Long-term casualties for Montreal are Jonathan Drouin (wrist surgery) and Paul Byron (knee surgery). It may be a coincidence, but the Canadiens are winless 0-2-2 since Drouin and Byron were injured in Washington on Nov. 15 and both are likely out until the new year.

BTW, SN has chosen to broadcast that even more famous rivalry the Dallas at Chicago game. 

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