CANADIENS (19-6-3) VS. BRUINS (14-9-3)
Broadcast: RDS, NBCSN, SN
After three days of rest, the Canadiens return to action with a matchup against the rival Bruins at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Thursday night’s meeting marks the first of three games against Atlantic Division adversaries with clashes against the Bruins, Red Wings and Senators.
Michel Therrien’s troops will try to avenge last Saturday’s loss to Carolina, where Jeff Skinner scored the game winning goal on the power play in the third period. Condon made 26 saves that evening, while the Canadiens bombarded Cam Ward with 38 shots resulting in two goals. Canadiens rookies Sven Andrighetto and Daniel Carr, who would score his first career NHL goal in the loss, both lit the lamp for the Habs.
The Bruins are also looking to return to the win column after dropping their previous game against the Nashville Predators by the score of 3-2. Kevan Miller and Louis Eriksson filled the score sheet for Claude Julien’s squad.
Heading into Montreal as one the NHL’s most lethal road teams, the Bruins will look to improve upon their 9-2-2 record on the road. The Habs will have to be disciplined as the Bruins’ power play has been clicking at a remarkable 30.7%, good for first place in the NHL. In addition, Patrice Bergeron is tied atop the NHL leaderboard with 14 points scored on the power play.
In the Canadiens’ camp, forward Charles Hudon was recalled from the St. John’s IceCaps as Alexander Semin was reassigned to the AHL affiliate. With 13 forwards at his disposal, coach Therrien juggled his lines at practice in Brossard Tuesday morning placing Max Pacioretty with Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto. Tomas Fleischmann will therefore be reunited with line-mates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, while Tomas Plekanec slots in alongside wingers Lars Eller and Paul Byron.
Massachusetts native Mike Condon will be between the pipes for the Habs, his second career start against the Bruins. In his first match against Boson, the rookie netminder came away victorious with a .936 save percentage.
Wednesday's game will be the third between the two teams this season and the last before the teams meet for the 2016 Winter Classic on January 1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The Canadiens have won the first two games of the season series, both by the score of 4 to 2.