Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Montréal Canadiens

BOS@MTL: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens are eager to snap a four-game winless streak on Tuesday night against the rival Bruins

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Bruins at the Bell Centre.

1. After the way things played out against New York, Claude Julien's contingent should be extra motivated to snap their four-game winless streak versus Boston. On Saturday night, the Canadiens blew a 4-0 lead and eventually fell 6-5 to the Rangers. There were a few bright spots in the loss, though, as Max Domi and Artturi Lehkonen both scored a pair of goals. Domi, who was back playing center on a line with Lehkonen and Nick Suzuki, put a nine-game goal drought behind him and was fired up to say the least. Lehkonen, meanwhile, has three goals in his last three games, so he's clearly trending in the right direction offensively. Captain Shea Weber also scored for Montreal on home turf. Nevertheless, the Rangers' comeback put a damper on the Habs' dominance early in the contest.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Quand Max 𝘿𝙤𝙢𝙞ne. 🙌When Max 𝘿𝙤𝙢𝙞nates.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/ycpQsm2O8A

2. At practice on Monday, Julien was eager to run his troops through a video session in order to correct some key mistakes. The veteran bench boss wasn't at all pleased with the manner in which the group went about their business defensively over the weekend once they'd established a significant advantage. During his post-practice press conference, he emphasized the importance of players channeling their frustration correctly against the Bruins. He also emphasized the importance of demonstrating a collective sense of urgency from a defensive standpoint. Following the on-ice session, both Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher were adamant about making the necessary changes and getting back on track as soon as possible.

Video: Tomas Tatar on making defensive corrections

3. It hasn't been long since the Canadiens and Bruins last met. Their previous encounter came on November 5 at the Bell Centre, and Julien's squad came away with a 5-4 victory on the strength of a game-winning goal by defenseman Ben Chiarot. Fellow rearguard Victor Mete scored twice on Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask. Two more regular-season encounters between the two teams remain after this matchup, both of which will be played in Massachusetts - December 1 and February 12 at TD Garden.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: L'gros Ben avec l'gros but.BIG Ben with the BIG goal. #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/yj4Rf3jibo

4. The Bruins are currently riding a three-game winning streak with victories over New Jersey, Buffalo and Minnesota of late. On Saturday night, defenseman Torey Krug scored the game-winning goal in overtime to complete a successful rally. Boston was down by a pair of goals in the third period before they managed to even the scoreline courtesy of back-to-back goals by David Krejci. As it stands, Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 39 points (16g, 23a), while David Pastrnak ranks second in that department with 36 points (20g, 16a). As for Patrice Bergeron, he's sidelined with a lower-body injury and there's no timetable for his return.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. To purchase tickets, click here.

View More