NHL Preview: Montreal Canadiens Visit the Boston Bruins

By Justin Söderberg
Greg M. Cooper – USA TODAY Sports

An original six matchup that never disappoints their fans is the Montreal Canadiens versus the Boston Bruins. Wednesday night the Canadians take the trip south to Boston, Mass. to take on the Bruins at the TD Garden. In their final regular season matchup, there is bound to be some great hockey to watch.

These two teams met for the first time this season back on Feb. 6, the Bruins came out on top, 2-1. The Canadians would get their revenge on Mar. 3, beating their rival in another one goal game, 4-3.

Coming into the season series finale, both teams are jockeying for the top spot in the Northeast Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Winning the Northeast will give the team a No. 2 seed heading into the playoffs, while finishing in second gives that team a No. 4 seed and would need to play the No. 5 seed in the playoffs. The four versus five matchup is always the toughest in the NHL postseason.

The Bruins will have the home-ice advantage over the Canadians on Wednesday night and this season they have done well with the advantage. When playing at home the Bruins are 11-2-1 and have won four in a row. However, the Canadians are 11-2-2 while on the road. The last loss at home for the Bruins came at the hands of the Canadians.

The Canadians will have to watch out, as the Bruins will look to come out of the gate physical. Emotions will play a big part in this rivalry and although the players change teams from year-to-year, these games are always must watch television.

The winner in the Wednesday night rivalry will take over first place in the Northeast and sit second in the Eastern Conference. This will be a close, physical and emotional game.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox and NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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