With one game in hand, second place Boston (84 points) holds a five-point lead on sixth place Montreal (79 points) in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
So, the B's could deal the Habs a serious blow -- in terms of Montreal's ability to catch Boston -- should they take the "four point" game tonight.
"Yeah, I guess that’s one way of looking at it, no doubt," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien of the space that could be created between his Bruins and the Canadiens.
"Again, we’re looking at it in a way [where] we need to continue playing well as a team," added Julien. "I’m going to keep saying the same thing over and over again, because that’s the approach we’ve taken so far.
"And taking care of our [own] business is the best way for us to keep moving forward here and hopefully our guys are ready for that challenge tomorrow."
Everybody in New England and Quebec remembers the fight-filled February contest between these two teams in Boston, but Julien agreed with many of his players when asked if the clubs would be ultra-combative tonight.
"No. I think this is what’s expected as a question and it’s a legit question. But I think you have to turn the page and go game-by-game here," said Julien on Monday, before his B's left for Montreal. "There was a lot of frustration last game and the last time we played.
"Part of it was us sticking up for ourselves and they have a tendency to want to try and stir the pot and look innocent in those situations. We know what it’s all about and we have to do what he have to do here.
"But the bottom line is at the end of the night you have to come up with the win and you have to be smart enough to do that," he said.
Tonight, discipline may be the watch word.
"Well it is. That’s always the key," said JUlien. "Discipline is the key to winning all the time.
"They’ve got a pretty decent power play that you have to respect and they’ve got a team that thrives on that kind of stuff...[and] the good penalties we seem to kill, the bad penalties end up costing us at the end.
"That’s what you have to do here -- stay disciplined and make sure you stay out of the box or [that] you’re going to go in there for the right reasons," he said.