An intriguing cross-conference showdown provides NHL fans with an early Christmas present Monday night as the Boston Bruins' game at TD Garden against the Anaheim Ducks will be televised nationally by Versus in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Each team currently holds down the eighth and final playoff spot in its respective conference. The Bruins (17-10-4) are four points ahead of the Hurricanes and will be trying to make it back-to-back wins after edging the Capitals on Saturday. The Ducks (17-15-4) have the division rival Kings and Coyotes right on their tail, just one point back, and are looking for their first win in three games.
We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.
— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff