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Preview: Canadiens at Bruins

Anton Khudobin starts for Boston in place of injured Tuukka Rask; Shea Weber looks to continue roll for Montreal

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

CANADIENS (3-0-1) at BRUINS (3-1-0)

7 p.m. ET; CITY, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV

 

Canadiens team scope

This will be the first regular season game for the Montreal Canadiens veteran defenseman Shea Weber against the Boston Bruins. Weber has one goal and three assists, leads the Canadiens in ice time at 26:47 per game and has impressed his new teammates. "It's good to see him show the type of player he is and I think everybody's really appreciating him now," Montreal goaltender Carey Price told Sportsnet. "He's a big body, I've been saying it all along. Big shot, big character." Price is likely to make his second straight start since returning from the flu. In 34 regular season games against the Bruins he has a 22-8-3 record with a 2.37 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

 

Bruins team scope

Boston will be without goaltender Tuukka Rask because of general soreness, which kept him out of practice on Friday and Saturday. Rask is considered day to day. "Obviously he's doing better but obviously you didn't see him on the ice today," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the morning skate. "So we're going to keep him off, shut him off there for a bit and get him another day's rest at least and still continue to go day by day." Rask appeared to injure his left leg against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 13. Rask finished that game but backed up Anton Khudobin in the Bruins second game on Oct. 15. Rask played the past two games. Khudobin will make his second start of the season. He allowed four goals on 24 shots to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 15. Khudobin was frustrated by his performance in that game and wants to play better. "I hadn't played my best that game. I just [was getting ready for the game every time. So pretty much nothing changed since last time I played. Just go and do my job," Khudobin said.

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Tomas Plekanec -- Alexander Radulov

Paul Byron -- David Desharnais -- Andrew Shaw

Phillip Danault -- Torrey Mitchell -- Brian Flynn

Nathan Beaulieu -- Shea Weber

Andrei Markov -- Jeff Petry

Alexei Emelin -- Greg Pateryn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: Mikhail Sergachev, Daniel Carr.

Injured: Zach Redmond (broken foot)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Ryan Spooner -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Matt Beleskey -- Riley Nash -- Jimmy Hayes

Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Joe Morrow -- Torey Krug

John-Michael Liles -- Colin Miller

Anton Khudobin

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Rob O'Gara, Danton Heinen

Injured: Tuukka Rask (soreness), Adam McQuaid (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand)

 

Status report

Montreal coach Michel Therrien said Pateryn would replace Sergachev on defense. ... Spooner will return to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch on Thursday. Heinen will be scratched for the first time this season. ... McIntyre was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League to back up Khudobin in Rask's absence. McIntyre, a second-year pro, has never appeared in a NHL game. ... McQuaid is still a few practices away from return, according to Julien. He hasn't played this season.

 

Who's hot

Galchenyuk has a four-game point streak (one goal, three assists).

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