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Nothing more need be said: Montreal-Boston (and other links)

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Tonight, Boston and Montreal are playing on a national broadcast, with the winner of the game moving into first in the Northeast Division. I cannot add anything to this formula to make it more exciting. If you're as pumped as I am, here are some links that will help you pass the time until puck drop:

Habs News and Analysis

  • As of writing, the roster situation is the same today as it was yesterday. Brandon Prust, Yannick Weber, Raphael Diaz, and Rene Bourque are all inactive while Ryan White is out, day-to-day with a lower body injury. If changes are to be made, they will be game-time decisions. Carey Price will start.
  • Christopher Boucher looks at Montreal's giveaways and takeaways on the season. It is important to note that Boucher has a very broad definition of these terms. Giveaways are defined as any failed attempt to maintain puck possession, for example a "failed pass, deke, dump-out, dump-in, shot-attempt, etc." while takeaways are defined as "any successful attempt to remove or acquire puck-possession from the opposition." including "[won] puck-battles, loose-puck recoveries, blocked shots, intercepted passes, etc." The results are broken up by defensive zone, neutral zone, offensive zone, and position. There's just too much good info to summarize here. Please check it out for yourself!
  • Nicolino Dibenedetto of the Associated Press has a preview of tonight's Habs-Bruins game up on CBC Sports. Dibenedetto notes that the Bruins have a fantastic home record of 11-2-1 and will play 10 of their last 17 games at the Garden. This could have implications as these two teams battle for first in the Northeast. He also notes that Boston's power play has not being getting results as of late, going 0 for 10 in its last five games.
  • The Habs-Bruins game is Backhand Shelf's game of the night. Although the Canadiens surprised author Justin Bourne with their ability to hang with the Penguins, he still feels that the Bruins are better "built for later-in-the season hockey." He's got the Bruins, at home, in this matchup.

Know Your Enemy: Boston Bruins Edition (spits)

  • Things are also quiet on Boston's roster front. As of writing, Johnny Boychuk has not been cleared to play tonight. Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask was first off the ice at practice this morning and is projected to start. The recently claimed Kaspars Daugavins will not join the team in time for tonight's game.
  • Sarah Connors from Stanley Cup of Chowder also has a preview of tonight's Bruins-Habs game. She notes that both teams have recently run into some poor shooting luck.
  • Speaking of the aforementioned Daug-man, Scott over at the 6th Sens analyzes the Bruins' waiver claim of the Latvia native. Scott laments Daugavins' departure, noting the +7 scoring chance differential and positive possession numbers he put up amidst good competition and the toughest zone starts on the team. Daugavins is the quintessential "good fourth liner" and it's a shame that he's been replaced by Matt Kassian and gifted to the Bruins.

General News and Analysis

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