CANADIENS (3-1-0) @ BRUINS (2-3-0)
After starting the season by picking up six of a possible eight points on the road, the Canadiens are finally back in Montreal on Thursday for an Original Six home opener opposite the Boston Bruins.
Thursday's matchup marks the first between the Habs and the Bruins since Montreal eliminated Boston in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals last spring.
This time, Michel Therrien's squad will be looking to bounce back from a tough 7-1 loss in Tampa Bay on Monday against the Lightning.
While the Canadiens for the most part have picked up where they left off last spring, winning three of four games to open the regular season schedule, the Bruins have gone two for five so far and have struggled to find the back of the net, scoring just six goals -- including two in last night's win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Carey Price will be back between the pipes for the Habs after playing just two periods in Florida on Monday.
Also back is defenseman Alexei Emelin, who returns to the lineup after sitting out the previous two games with an injury. Nathan Beaulieu, meanwhile, will be the odd man out following the 28-year-old Russian's return.
Up front, no changes are expected on offence, which prompted head coach Michel Therrien to assign forward Michael Bournival to the Hamilton Bulldogs for the weekend, allowing the 22-year-old to see playing time over a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. The Shawinigan-native will be back with the Habs on Monday.