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The Habs hope for a strong result versus their storied rival in their last game before the bye week.

2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Things have been tough for the Montreal Canadiens of late, with their goaltenders struggling to stop the puck and their vaunted offensive depth limited mostly to the output of the captain. With a five-day break on the horizon to forget about the grind of the regular season for a short respite, the Habs will hope to head into the vacation on a high note with a win in the barn of their hated rival.

The team will get a big lift in tonight’s game against the Bruins in Boston. For the second season in a row, Brendan Gallagher returns from a hand injury just in time to face the Habs’ nemesis. Fans can only hope things go as well this time as they did in the Winter Classic a little more than a year ago.

On the line is a nine-game winning streak in whichever building the Bruins have called home over the last few seasons. Given the way the team has been playing in this recent stretch, the Habs may be hard-pressed to run that streak to 10, but with Gallagher back in the fold they just may be able to build some confidence before a brief hiatus.

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), RDS (French)
In the United States: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecenter Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Jonathan Drouin Alex Galchenyuk
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Ales Hemsky
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Jacob de la Rose Brendan Gallagher

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Sven Andrighetto, David Desharnais

Boston Bruins projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson Jacob Josefson Jordan Nolan

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Matt Tennyson
Jake McCabe Viktor Antipin

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Scratched: Matt Beleskey, John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow
Injured: Austin Czarnik