BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens are not expected to make any changes to a winning lineup when they face the Boston Bruins for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series on Thursday at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 and have an opportunity to put the Bruins on the verge of elimination.
Coach Michel Therrien would not confirm anything, but defenseman Francis Bouillon and forward Brandon Prust remained on the ice long after the optional morning skate, suggesting each will be scratched for a second straight game.
That means forward Travis Moen and defenseman Douglas Murray should remain in lineup.
Therrien has already expressed how happy he was with the new line of Brendan Gallagher with Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais that he put together for the 4-2 win in Game 3 on Tuesday.
The trio did not score, however, and the duo of Pacioretty and Desharnais has one point at even strength in seven games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Pacioretty led the Canadiens and was fourth in the NHL during the regular season with 39 goals, with 28 of them coming at even strength.
He is still looking for his first even-strength goal of the playoffs, but Therrien is sure it will come soon.
"I like his work ethic, he skates well," Therrien said. "I'm not worried about [Pacioretty] because I like the way he competes, I like his attitude and I know eventually he'll find the net."
Desharnais said having Gallagher return to his line changes the dynamic somewhat compared to when Thomas Vanek played on his right wing. With a player known for his hard work on his line, one might believe that frees up Desharnais and Pacioretty from doing some of that dirty work along the walls.
Not so, said Desharnais.
"We need to support him in the corners, win our battles," he said. "He definitely works extremely hard, but playing with Vanek we play with the puck a bit more and make some little plays.
"It's more about winning battles with Brendan."
Something to watch for in Game 4 is whether the Bruins will force the Canadiens to play catch-up hockey.
Montreal has either led or been tied for the vast majority of the seven games it has played in these playoffs, allowing the Canadiens to play a trapping, counter-attacking style that can force mistakes from their opposition.
According to defenseman Josh Gorges, however, that is in fact not his team's style.
"The focus on our system is not so much when we get that lead to just sit back and trap and try to create turnovers off their mistakes," he said. "For us to be successful, and we were better last game than we were the first two games, we're pushing.
"We're pushing the pace, we're in their face, we're on the attack, we're hard on our forecheck. When we do that, we create those neutral zone transition plays for ourselves. So even if we are behind, I think that's the same focus."
Here are the projected lineups:
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
Matt Fraser – Carl Soderberg – Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Andrej Meszaros – Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug – Kevan Miller
Scratched: Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski
Injured: Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL), Chris Kelly (back), Adam McQuaid (ankle), Corey Potter (upper body)
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival – Tomas Plekanec – Thomas Vanek
Rene Bourque – Lars Eller – Brian Gionta
Travis Moen – Daniel Briere – Dale Weise
Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray – Mike Weaver
Scratched: Ryan White, George Parros, Brandon Prust, Francis Bouillon
Injured: Alex Galchenyuk (lower body)