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Canadiens vs Bruins game thread

The Habs kick off their home opener at the Bell Centre with a little help from their friends, Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins.

Jared Wickerham

Game 5 on the season is Dale Weise's last game ever and Simon Gagne's second game back. Oh an it's also the home opener at the Bell Centre, but who gives a toss, right?

This is possibly the first must-see match-up of the 2014-15 season. Sure a season opener against the Leafs was fun, but was anyone clamouring to see how Weise would match up against Daniel Winnik? Habs and Bruins fans have been talking about this game for months. With the Habs looking to prove that they're more a team that started the season 3-0 on the road than a team that lost 7-1 to Stamkos and Hedman and the Bruins looking to prove that they're not as bad as they seem, this game just enhances what is already one of the best rivalries in sport.

Bruins are going through some fluctuations at the moment. Simon Gagne has been added to enhance the bottom six and he looked solid against Detroit after over a year layoff. Seth Griffith has seen time on the top line and hasn't seem entirely out of place. If he can click with Lucic and Krejci, it'll plug up a big hole for the B's. Gregory Campbell will replace Ryan Spooner in the lineup for the Bruins because that's s-m-r-t.

One change for the Habs is that Beaulieu will come out of the lineup and a presumably healthy Alexei Emelin will come in. This is good timing for Emelin because he can now say hi to his playoff pal, Milan Lucic.

UPDATE: Looks like Dale Weise lives to skate another day as Travis Moen skates on the fourth line according to John Lu:

Puck drop is at 7:30PM ET. It will be carried on Sportsnet 360 (Canada), RDS (French - Habs Region), NHL Network (USA! USA!), NESN (Beantown)

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
Rene Bourque Lars Eller Jiri Sekac
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Travis Moen
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin
P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov
Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi Mike Weaver
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratches: Dale Weise, Nathan Beaulieu

As for the Boston Bruins, they'll have their say with:

Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Milan Lucic David Krejci Seth Griffith
Reilly Smith Patrice Bergeron Brad Marchand
Loui Eriksson Chris Kelly Carl Soderberg
Daniel Paille Gregory Campbell Simon Gagne
Left Defense
Right Defense
Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Goaltenders
Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Scratched: Matt Fraser, Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Spooner

Injured: Marc Savard, Anthony Camara

Check out the opposing side at Stanley Cup of Chowder