Game Thread: Habs host Bruins

The Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins tonight. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins, at the Bell Centre on a Saturday night. For fans of the Montreal Canadiens, it can't get much better that this... Well a guaranteed win would be the topper and put the Habs just a game below .500 to close out October.

The two teams square off for the second straight game, after the Habs squeaked out a 2-1 win on Thursday.

Jacques Martin had no line changes in the morning skate, and will start Carey Price in goal. Price is 4-0 in his last four regular season home games against the B's, posting a 1.73 GAA.

Noticeably absent this morning was Aaron Palushaj. The team confirmed shortly after that they had sent the forward back to the Hamilton Bulldogs. He'll likely catch up with Louis Leblanc and the rest of 'Dogs in Albany, NY, where they play the Devils tonight.

Tonight is the Canadiens 3100th home game. Red Fisher has seen 'em all. Mathieu Darche plays in his 200th NHL game.

A rematch between P.K. Subban and Brad Marchand? Let's hope not.

Ex-Habs and current Bruins forward Benoit Pouliot is reportedly ill and did not make the trip to Montreal. Tuukka Rask gets the start in goal for the Bruins

Claude Julien has shuffled his lines in attempt to get the Bruins back on track. According to TSN's John Lu, the Bruins coach has also mixed up his defense pairings since their Friday practice.

Meanwhile, ESPN reports that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is working the phones, as the defending champs continue their playoff hangover. "I haven't liked what I've seen on the ice," Chiarelli said. "..and I really didn't like Thursday night." Rask, David Krejci,  and Johnny Boychuk have been named  in possible deals with the Calgary Flames or the Phoenix Coyotes.

ESPN also reported that Bruins forward Tyler Seguin has a congenital hip condition. NECN's Joe Haggerty reported this afternoon that Seguin has dismissed the claims. "I’ve heard there was a story out there about my hip. I can say that I’m 100 percent healthy," Seguin said in the report.. "Anything about my hip is really false."

Puck drops just after the 7pm hour. Hopefully our parent company (SBN) does not go on overload tonight.

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PROJECTED MONTREAL CANADIENS LINEUP

Forwards

Travis Moen - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta

Andrei Kostitsyn - Lars Eller - Max Pacioretty

Mike Cammalleri - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Mike Blunden - Petteri Nokelainen - Mathieu Darche

Defense Pairings

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Hal Gill - Raphael Diaz

Jaroslav Spacek - Yannick Weber

Goalies

Carey Price - Peter Budaj

 

BOSTON BRUINS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Jordan Caron - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley

Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Defense Pairings

Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg

Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk

Adam McQuaid - Joe Corvo

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask - Tim Thomas

 

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