Game preview: MTL vs. BOS

Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 8:00 AM canadiens.com

CANADIENS (35-24-7) vs. BRUINS (42-17-5)

On Wednesday night, The Habs and the Bruins will renew their Original Six rivalry at the Bell Centre.

The Habs are looking to bounce back after losing 4-0 against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. The visiting team gave up a short-handed goal to Shark Tommy Wingels in the opening minutes and never found its marks the rest of the way. Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski combined for 33 saves, while Antti Niemi made 27 stops for the shutout.

For their part, the Bruins notched their fifth straight win on Sunday against the Florida Panthers. Patrice Bergeron had three points, deadline acquisition Andrej Meszaros had a goal, and Chad Johnson made 20 saves on 22 shots faced. With the win, Boston moves to 7-1-2 in their last ten.

Despite losing veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg for the season due to a knee injury, the Boston Bruins are thriving. The team, led by perennial All-Star Zdeno Chara, has allowed the second fewest goals in the NHL while scoring more often than all but three other teams in the league. David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic lead the team in points while Brad Marchand is the Bruins’ top goal getter despite nearly never playing on the powerplay. While no Bruin is producing near a point-per-game pace, coach Claude Julien can count on consistent and plentiful offensive production from all four of his forward lines.

Michael Bournival, Josh Gorges and Carey Price will not suit up for the Habs on Wednesday. Brandon Prust has been cleared for contact and may return to the lineup against Boston.

Brandon Prust and Francis Bouillon will be in the lineup. George Parros, Dale Weise, Rene Bourque and Mike Weaver will sit out.

Newly acquired Thomas Vanek may very well score his first goal as a Hab against the Bruins. In 53 career games versus Boston, he has 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points.

The Habs are on a five-game winning streak against the Bruins, dating back to February 2013. On January 30 2014, Peter Budaj made 34 saves and the Habs got goals from Daniel Briere, Alexei Emelin, Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty in a convincing 4-1 win at the TD Bank Garden in Boston.

Puck drop will be at 7:30 PM E.S.T.

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