BOSTON - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Sunday night's matchup against the Bruins at TD Garden.
1. The Canadiens' winless streak stands at seven games following Saturday afternoon's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre. Claude Julien's squad still managed to collect a point, though, in the 4-3 overtime defeat. Joel Armia scored his second goal in as many games, while Tomas Tatar registered a pair of markers for Montreal. The 29-year-old Slovak leads the Canadiens with 15 assists and 24 points in 26 games. It was goaltender Keith Kinkaid who took the loss, allowing four goals on 29 shots.
2. The Canadiens are squaring off against the Bruins for the third time this month and the second time in just six days. Montreal won the first encounter by a score of 5-4 on November 5, and the game-winning goal came courtesy of defenseman Ben Chiarot. Bruce Cassidy's club exacted their revenge on November 26 with a convincing 8-1 win at the Bell Centre. Following Sunday night's game at TD Garden, the two clubs will meet again on February 12 in Boston.
3. Julien confirmed that Carey Price will get the start in goal in Boston. The 32-year-old goaltender enjoyed success at TD Garden last season, winning both of his starts and posting a 1.00 goals-against average, along with a .974 save percentage. For his part, defenseman Victor Mete didn't accompany his teammates to Massachusetts. He suffered a lower-body injury against the Flyers and will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Brett Kulak will take Mete's spot in the lineup versus the Bruins.
4. The Bruins are playing solid hockey, winning six straight games. Their last regulation loss came back on November 8 at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. Forward Brad Marchand leads the club with 43 points (18g, 25a). For his part, winger David Pastrnak leads the League with 24 goals in just 26 games. Boston won't have their third-leading point-getter in the lineup against the Canadiens, though, as Patrice Bergeron is still dealing with a lower-body injury.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can watch the game on Sportsnet and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.