MONTREAL – After going three-for-three on their southern swing last week, the Habs have a four-point home game on deck for Tuesday night before hitting the road again to take on the Blues and Penguins.
Canadiens vs Bruins – Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:30 p.m.
Despite posting a 3-1-0 record against the Bruins so far this year, the Canadiens will still be looking to settle the score when Boston comes to town for the fifth of six games between the divisional rivals on Tuesday night. Having lost the most recent game in Beantown in a wild 8-6 tilt that featured nearly 190 combined penalty minutes, Jacques Martin will likely be stressing a more disciplined, defensive strategy this time around.
With six points in three games against the B’s this year, Max Pacioretty
leads the way for the Habs, followed by linemates Brian Gionta
and Scott Gomez
who have five and four points against Boston this year, respectively. Canadiens @ Blues – Thursday, March 10 @ 8:00 p.m.
Later this week, the Canadiens head to St. Louis to face the Blues for the first and only time this season. With a 71-25-22-2 lifetime record versus the Blues, history is on the Habs’ side for Thursday night’s match-up.
Sitting 13th overall in the Western Conference, St. Louis is currently 11 points out of a playoff spot with 17 games left to go. After being traded to the Blues this summer for Lars Eller
, Jaroslav Halak is still on the injured reserved list and likely won’t be between the pipes in St. Louis on Thursday night. Canadiens @ Penguins – Saturday, March 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
The Habs will head back to Pittsburgh for the second time this season for the fourth and final meeting of the year between the two clubs. With top snipers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both still out with injuries, the Canadiens will have to keep an eye on Pens blue-liner Kris Letang, who is second in team scoring with 46 points to date.
Alex Kovalev will be in the lineup against his former team for the first time as a Penguin after being traded to Pittsburgh at the deadline for a conditional seventh round pick. Carey Price
will face off against fellow All-Star Marc-Andre Fleury in what could be a preview of a potential playoff series this spring. Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com. SEE ALSOHaving fun with long shotsBatter up ! King of the road Price earns third star honors 2011 Playoff race