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Game Preview : Canadiens @ Bruins

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (15-5-1) @ BRUINS (13-8-0)

The Canadiens will face their longtime rivals for a third time this season with a stop in Boston to play the Bruins. The Habs have come out on the winning end of the first two meetings of the year, picking up a 6-4 victory in the home opener on October 16 and a 5-1 win on November 13.

After a tough game against the Penguins on Tuesday night, the Canadiens bounced back in brilliant fashion on Thursday with a 4-1 win over the Blues, the team with the lowest goals-against average in the NHL. Max Pacioretty celebrated his 26th birthday with a pair of goals to become the first Hab to hit double digits in goals in 2014-15.

Just before the game against St. Louis, Marc Bergevin pulled the trigger on a trade to bring Bryan Allen to the fold from the Ducks in exchange for Rene Bourque. Allen met the team in Boston, but his status for the game at TD Garden is still unknown as Michel Therrien preferred to meet the new blue-liner before making a decision on his Saturday night lineup.

The rest of the roster will remain the same as it was on Thursday, with Carey Price set to make his 18th start of the season. Therrien confirmed that Dustin Tokarski will be between the pipes against the Rangers on Sunday.

For their part, the Bruins have rebounded following two tough games against the Leafs and Habs in November in which they allowed 11 goals against and scored just two. They followed those games up with a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes the next Saturday before blanking St. Louis three days later.

On Friday, Claude Julien’s troops picked up a third straight win with a 4-3 shootout victory in Columbus.

The Bruins’ clinic is also busier than ever: Brad Marchand’s status is unknown for the game against Montreal after injuring himself in the third period of Saturday’s game. Adam McQuaid will also miss six to eight weeks with a fractured thumb.

McQuaid will join captain Zdeno Chara, who hasn’t played since October 23. David Krejci made his return to action on Thursday against the Blues.

Claude Julien did not confirm who would get the start between the pipes.

The Bruins are currently ranked third in the Atlantic division standing with 26 points, five fewer than the first place Canadiens.

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