MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.
1. This is the Habs' first game at home following a rather successful three-game road trip out West. Montreal picked up four of a possible six points with wins in Arizona and Vegas, although they're coming off a 4-1 loss to the Stars in Dallas on Saturday night. In that game, Carey Price stopped 36 of 39 pucks and Artturi Lehkonen scored the lone goal for the visitors late in the third period. With a win at home against Toronto just before the trip, the Canadiens will be looking for their fourth win in five games against the Bruins on Tuesday.
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2. On Sunday evening, the Canadiens announced that they'd recalled forward Ryan Poehling from the AHL's Laval Rocket and placed forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi on injured reserve (groin). The following day at practice, head coach Claude Julien slotted Poehling at center on a line between Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen. If that line stays intact against Boston, Tuesday's game will be Poehling's first in the NHL since he scored a hat trick and the shootout winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs in April. The American forward has three goals for five points in 13 games with the Rocket.
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3. This is the Habs' first game of the season against the archrival Bruins. In 2018-19, the Habs and Bruins split their season series, although one of Montreal's wins over Boston came in overtime. Brendan Gallagher was the leading goal-scorer against the B's last season with two. He also has the most career points against Boston on the active roster, with eight goals for 21 points in 28 career games against Beantown. The game will be an extra-special one for Julien, as it'll be the 1,200th NHL contest of his career, and he'll get to coach it against the team he coached for 10 years and won the Stanley Cup with in 2011.
4. The Bruins arrive in Montreal after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4 on Monday night at home. Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand (twice, including the game-winner), David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, and Patrice Bergeron lit the lamp for Boston, while Jaroslav Halak put in a 40-save effort to secure the win. It was a five-point night for Marchand - his second of the season - who has recorded a point in every one of the Bruins' games except for their season opener. He sits second in team scoring with 28 points (10G, 18A) to Pastrnak's 29 (14G, 15A). The Bruins as a whole are red-hot right now, as they've won six in a row and eight of their last 10 games - and are unbeaten in regulation in that stretch. Tuesday's game will also be an important night for captain Zdeno Chara, who will be playing the 1,500th game of his career, making him the 21st player in League history to reach the milestone.
5. Exceptionally, Tuesday's game is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. instead of the usual 7:00 p.m. start. You can catch all the action on TSN2 and RDS on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. For tickets, click here.