BRUINS (6-5-1) @ CANADIENS (12-2-1)
TV : TVA SPORTS, SPORTSNET – 7:00 p.m.
The Canadiens and Bruins are set to write the next chapter in their storied rivalry Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
This will be the second clash between the two Original 6 teams this season, with the previous contest ending 4-2 in favor of the Canadiens. Lars Eller, the first star of game, led the way for the Habs tallying his first two goals of the season.
Thursday night, the Canadiens defeated the Islanders by the score of 4-1, to earn their league leading 12th victory of the season.
In the win, Dale Weise scored his eighth goal of the season, moving past Max Pacioretty and into sole possession of first place on the Habs’ goals scoring leaderboard.
Mike Condon, who has yet to surrender more than two goals in a single game, has improved his goals against average to an NHL-best 1.50 GAA and currently ranks second in terms of save percentage.
Michel Therrien is not expect to make any lineup changes ahead of Saturday’s game, meaning Jarred Tinordi and Alexander Semin will likely be sitting out.
In the visitor’s camp, the Bruins currently occupy fourth place in the Atlantic division, tied with the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers. In their most recent game, the Bruins fell to the Washington Capitals by the score of 4-1.
After his season was derailed by injuries last year, David Krejci is back to being an offensive force on the Bruins’ second line. The center has 15 points to his credit (7G-8A) through his first 12 games, including seven points collected on the power play.
The Bruins’ power play is clicking at a league leading 35% as Boston has converted on 14 of their 40 opportunities with the man advantage.
In goal, Tuuka Rask has struggled out of the gates this season, with only three victories in nine starts. Rask presently has a goals against average of 3.46 and a save percentage of 0.879.
The Bruins have yet to confirm who will be starting in goal Saturday night at the Bell Centre.