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Montreal eyes fifth consecutive road win; Boston looks to stretch Atlantic Division lead

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (27-24-7) at BRUINS (34-11-12)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, SN360, RDS 


The Game 

The Boston Bruins will look to extend their Atlantic Division lead when they play the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Wednesday.

The Bruins, who will try to stretch their home winning streak to six games, lead the Tampa Bay Lightning by one point in the Atlantic. Boston is 6-1-0 in its past seven games and 10-3-1 in its past 14.

The Canadiens, 9-4-0 in their past 13 games following an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1), will attempt to win their fifth consecutive road game.

Montreal is eight points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.


Players to watch

Canadiens center Nick Suzuki has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past eight games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 18 games against Montreal.


They said it

"A lot of it comes back to winning battles, and the grinding stuff that you still have to do on a power play just hasn't been there. Once we have full control and we seem to be better, get some chances, but we're one and done, we're not jumping on those loose pucks. Even in the battles along the walls, we're losing a lot of those." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien on the Montreal power play, which is 3-for-33 (9.1 percent) in its past 12 games

"Yeah, it's fun to be a part of it and play. And always it's not hard to get up for these games. And it's another big game for us too. First and foremost, it's two points on the line, we've got to grab those and bounce back here from the last game." -- Bruins center Charlie Coyle on the Boston-Montreal rivalry


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Nick Suzuki -- Joel Armia

Jonathan Drouin -- Max Domi -- Artturi Lehkonen

Nick Cousins -- Nate Thompson -- Jake Evans

Ben Chiarot -- Victor Mete

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Marco Scandella -- Xavier Ouellet

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Dale Weise, Christian Folin, Jordan Weal

Injured: Paul Byron (knee), Shea Weber (lower body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- John Moore

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Par Lindholm, Anton Blidh

Injured: Connor Clifton (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee)


Status report

Danault will play after leaving the Canadiens' 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday after taking a puck to the face. … Byron is cleared to practice; the forward hasn't played since Nov. 15. … Nordstrom returns after missing four games with a medical condition and replaces Lindholm.


Stat pack

Kovalchuk has 42 points (23 goals, 19 assists) in 43 games against Boston. … Chara will play his 1,541st NHL game, passing Shane Doan and Johnny Bucyk for 16th all-time.

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