BRUINS (10-7-0) @ CANADIENS (11-4-1)
Nearly one month after the Canadiens opened their 2014-15 home campaign with a 6-4 win over Boston, the Bruins are back at the Bell Centre on Thursday for round two of the longstanding Original Six rivalry.
On October 16, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty registered three points each against the Bruins in their first meeting of the season, sparking an eventual four-game winning streak.
This time, the Habs will be looking for a fourth-win in a row after coming off a trio of wins against Buffalo, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, shutting out the Jets by a score of 3-0 most recently on Tuesday.
The Canadiens have allowed just three goals over their last three games, and have also scored first in each encounter after struggling in that category earlier this season.
On Tuesday, GM Marc Bergevin dealt forward Travis Moen to Dallas in exchange for veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar. If Gonchar is ready to play on Thursday, Nathan Beaulieu could be a healthy scratch opposite the Bruins, as fellow defenseman Jarred Tinordi was assigned to Hamilton on Wednesday morning.
No changes are expected on offense meanwhile, as head coach Michel Therrien’s lines should be similar to those he utilized against the Jets.
Carey Price should also make a third-consecutive start on Thursday after stopping 29 shots against the Jets on Tuesday to notch his 26th career shutout.
After a slow start to the season, the Bruins have gone 7-3 over their last 10 games to move within three points of the Habs in the Eastern Conference standings.
On Wednesday night however, Boston saw its five-game win streak snapped by the Maple Leafs in a 6-1 road loss in Toronto.
Currently injured for the Bruins, Zdeno Chara and David Krejci continue to undergo daily evaluations, but will not be available for Thursday’s game.