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Boston goes for seventh straight win; Montreal is 0-4-3 in past seven games

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (11-9-6) at BRUINS (18-3-5)



The Game 

The Boston Bruins will look to extend their winning streak to seven games and their point streak to 11 when they play the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Sunday.

Brad Marchand is expected to play after missing practice on Saturday because of flu-like symptoms for the Bruins, who are 7-0-3 in their past 10 games and are the only NHL team without a regulation home loss this season (10-0-4).

The Canadiens will look to win for the first time in eight games. They are 0-4-3 after going 4-0-1 in their previous five games.


Players to watch

Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber has four points (two goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"The fans are emotional, they're passionate. I think everyone knows that this team always plays good here. But it's a really fun place, we've got some good memories here. Been able to have a little bit of success and it's always with the same formula. Usually comes from our skating game, taking the fans out of the game and just enjoying it." -- Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher on playing at TD Garden

"Obviously it wasn't what [the Canadiens] wanted there [an 8-1 Bruins win at Bell Centre on Nov. 26], on their home ice and they're probably looking to do the same to us tonight. So, it's just more of a mindset that we understand they're going to be a better team than we played a couple nights ago. Obviously, they have lots of guys that have pride over there, and obviously their coaches as well, they're well-coached. So, they'll be ready to go … so will we." -- Boston forward Jake DeBrusk


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki

Nick Cousins -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Joel Armia

Charles Hudon -- Nate Thompson -- Jordan Weal

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Gustav Olofsson -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Christian Folin, Mike Reilly

Injured: Victor Mete (lower body), Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Charlie Coyle - Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork -- Sean Kuraly -- David Backes

Joakim Nordstrom -- Par Lindholm Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer

Injured: Patrice Bergeron (lower body), Brett Ritchie (upper body), Zach Senyshyn (lower body), Kevan Miller (knee), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia)


Status report

Kulak replaces Mete, who was injured in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and did not travel to Boston. … Backes returns after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury. He replaces Jack Studnicka, who was assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League. … Bruins defenseman John Moore joined Providence on a conditioning loan.


Stat pack

Tatar has a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists). … Krejci has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past nine games, and is one goal from 200 in his NHL career.

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