After a pair of wins against two struggling clubs, the Canadiens played were schooled by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Good news is that they can beat the Bruins, having done so in their first two meetings. The defending Stanley Cup champions took the last two.
Marchand's absence aside, this team is loaded with talent. David Krejci has 14 points (nine goals) in a nine-game point streak. Tyler Seguin mounted the Bruins comeback Tuesday, against the Winnipeg Jets, has seven points in five games. Patrice Bergeron has four goals and four helpers in his own four-game streak, while Nathan Horton has five goals in his last four games.
To beat the Bruins, the Canadiens may want to frustrate them as much as possible. The Vancouver Canucks managed that on Saturday, but then again their hate for each other might be worse than one of hockey's oldest rivalries.
Mile Cammalleri;s pre-game response to last night after the jump
His teammates, including Hal Gill and Max Pacioretty acknowledged that they spoke to Cammalleri during today's practice. You can catch what Cammy said to an inquiring media member on what was said at the start of HIO's audio.
MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP
- - Yannick Weber
BOSTON BRUINS PROJECTED LINEUP
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Benoit Pouliot- Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Tuukka Rask - Tim Thomas
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