MONTREAL – The Canadiens head back to work after two well-earned days of rest. Following up a five-games-in-five-nights preseason whirlwind last week, the Habs welcome the Boston Bruins to the Bell Centre on Thursday night.
Jacques Martin’s squad heads into Thursday’s tilt with a 3-2 preseason record already under their belts. After a few more days of fine-tuning and 19 players sent down to Hamilton since Monday, the Habs are about to give fans a small preview of what they can expect in 2009-10.
While Brian Gionta will be given the night off on Thursday, sharpshooter Andrei Kostitsyn will be joining Gomez, along with Guillaume Latendresse to complete the Habs’ top trio against the Bruins.
Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec will join forces with Matt D'Agostini, who has been making a strong case for himself throughout the Habs' training camp.
Boston is also bringing a 3-1-1 record with them into Montreal, including a 2-1 win over the Canadiens at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City on Sunday.
According to head coach Claude Julien, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas, will be between the pipes for the B’s, while Jaroslav Halak will likely get the call to protect the Habs’ crease.
With just two more games left on their preseason schedule, the Canadiens will look to storm into the regular season by dumping their familiar rivals from Beantown on Thursday before taking on their fellow divisional rival Sabres on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Benoit Mongeon is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.