CANADIENS (31-18-8) at BRUINS (28-23-6)
7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS, NHL.TV
Canadiens team scope
Forward Brendan Gallagher will return to the lineup after missing 18 games with a broken hand. The Montreal Canadiens assigned forward Daniel Carr to St. John's of the American Hockey League after a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday to open a roster spot for Gallagher, who has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 39 games. Coach Michel Therrien hopes Gallagher's addition to the lineup will provide secondary scoring. "We need more contributions from all our lines," Therrien said Saturday. "[Phillip] Danault's line is doing really good, but we need more from the rest of our forwards." The Canadiens are 1-4-1 in their past six games and lead the Ottawa Senators by six points for first place in the Atlantic Division; the Senators have four games in hand. Montreal starts a four-day break Monday. "We want to go into every game and give ourselves a chance to win," captain Max Pacioretty said Saturday. "And obviously it hasn't been perfect as of late and we haven't been able to put together a streak, but just a big division game [Sunday] and that's all we can worry about now. I think the past is in the past and, yeah, we've been frustrated, but we've got a chance [Sunday] to win an important game."
Bruins team scope
The Boston Bruins will try to make it three wins in a row under coach Bruce Cassidy, who took over after Claude Julien was fired Tuesday. Goalie Tuukka Rask will start for the 14th time in 15 games after backing up Anton Khudobin during a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Rask last played in a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. "It's a good break for the body, I think. I mean the schedule's been crazy and you're grinding it out every other night, so I think it wears on you physically," Rask said. "So it's good to get a break and get a couple practice days in and kind of feel fresh and sharp out there, which I did last game ... so physical strength is not going to be an issue today." The Bruins, who lead the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point for third place in the Atlantic Division, start their five-day break Monday, which adds extra importance to the matchup with Montreal. "It's huge. I mean especially against Montreal, it's a team that's in our division we're trying to catch, obviously, and we all know about the rivalry," center Patrice Bergeron said. "So for us it's a huge game, and especially having the break next week, you want to end this on the right note." The Bruins are 0-7-2 in their past nine home games against Montreal and haven't defeated the Canadiens at TD Garden since Jan. 12, 2012.
Canadiens projected lineup
Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Alexander Radulov
Artturi Lehkonen -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Brendan Gallagher
Sven Andrighetto -- Tomas Plekanec -- Andrew Shaw
Paul Byron -- Michael McCarron -- Torrey Mitchell
Alexei Emelin -- Shea Weber
Andrei Markov -- Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu -- Greg Pateryn
Scratched: Nikita Nesterov, David Desharnais, Brian Flynn
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes
Peter Cehlarik -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano -- Ryan Spooner -- Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Riley Nash
Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller -- Colin Miller
Scratched: Matt Beleskey, Joe Morrow, John-Michael Liles
Injured: Austin Czarnik (lower body)
The Canadiens did not have a morning skate. ... Price can tie Ken Dryden on Montreal's all-time wins list with No. 258. Gallagher will play his 300th NHL regular-season game. ... The Bruins held an optional morning skate. Cassidy said there might be one tweak to the forward lines from the win Saturday.
Pacioretty has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past seven games. ... Pastrnak has five goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.