Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Game Preview: The Rivalry Has New Parts

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It was recently revealed that one of the newest Boston Bruins, Jaromir Jagr, actually tried to sign with the Montreal Canadiens during the offseason, citing a desire to experience playing in Canada for once in his career. That didn’t happen and he went to the Dallas Stars instead, but now he gets to see the Bruins-Habs rivalry up close–from the other side of the ice. For the record, he’s heard that the rivalry is pretty good.

Shockingly, this is the last of the meetings between these two teams this season. (There are other Northeast Division teams the Bruins play five times this season, but Montreal is not among them, which is kind of a shame.) Montreal has won two of the meetings and Boston the other. That last game between these two teams was extremely painful for Bruins fans since the team came so very close to winning in regulation, but then blew it at the last second and proceeded to lose 6-5 in the shootout.

The top line has been performing more like expectations lately. In the past five games, the three members of the first line have six goals and eight assists, including four goals from Nathan Horton, who also scored one of the five Boston goals in that 6-5 loss. Fellow top-liner David Krejci scored one of the two goals in the Bruins’ lone victory of the series so far. Tyler Seguin is another hot hand against the Habs, having scored a goal in all three games.

The goalie choice for the Bruins hasn’t been confirmed yet, though Tuukka Rask left the ice first at morning skate. Both he and Anton Khudobin have been doing a pretty good job at splitting goaltending duties recently, giving fans more confidence in their young tandem.

On the injury front, Chris Kelly is day-to-day and won’t be in the lineup tonight. Interestingly, day-to-day is also the status Yahoo Sports has chosen to represent Patrice Bergeron (yes, he is in my fantasy lineup), which is hopeful.

This game will be on NESN inside New England, but displaced fans will have to put up with the CBC version of events as televised on NHL Network. Regardless of where you watch it, the game starts at 7 p.m.

 

Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins and NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and add her to your network on Google.

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