KEYS TO VICTORY
The Canadiens close out a two-game road trip with a Wednesday night tilt against the Northeast Division rival Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
Boston sits second in the Eastern Conference standings with 45 points in 31 games. The Canadiens also have 45 points, but have played one more game than the Bruins and are in fourth spot.
The Habs are coming off a 1-0 shutout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night at CONSOL Energy Center. Carey Price turned aside 24 shots. Only Sidney Crosby managed to slip one past the 16-game winner, as Pittsbugh skated to a 13th consecutive victory.
The Bruins most recently split a home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, winning the latest meeting on Monday in a shootout by a score of 3-2. Boston will be looking for a sixth consecutive victory on home ice.
Wednesday night's game will be the third of four meetings between the two clubs during the 2012-13 regular season. Both the Canadiens and the Bruins have each claimed one victory apiece. The Habs bested the Bruins 4-3 earlier this month in Boston.
- In 13 career games against the Bruins, David Desharnais has registered 11 points, including two goals during the last meeting with Boston on March 3.
- Carey Price will get the nod for the 27th time this season.
- After missing the last two games, defenseman Johnny Boychuk could return to Boston's lineup on Wednesday night against the Canadiens.
- Goaltender Tuukka Rask could make his 23rd start of the season for the Bruins.
- Both Chris Kelly and Adam McQuaid are sidelined indefinitely due to injury.
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