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An injury-depleted team hopes to beat Boston for the first time this season.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens won their home-and-home battle with the New York Islanders, with victories of 3-1 and 6-3 on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. But those results came at the expense of rookies Victor Mete and Charles Hudon, who both sustained hand injuries during the series, as well as captain Max Pacioretty, who flew home to be evaluated after being unable to suffer through a lower-body injury in the third period of last night’s game.

With players getting healthy around the time of the trade deadline, the Canadiens have enough bodies to make up the losses at forward, as Nicolas Deslauriers and Logan Shaw draw back in after sitting out Friday night’s game. The team had fewer options available on defence, bringing about the recall of Rinat Valiev from the Laval Rocket of the AHL. The former Toronto Marlies blue-liner won’t be playing into tonight’s game, however, instead taking Jordie Benn’s spot on the sidelines.

The Boston Bruins are dealing with a significant injury as well, one that has forced superstar centre Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup, and off what was perhaps the best line in the NHL. Riley Nash has stepped into his spot between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, and the newly-appointed top-line centre has responded with back-to-back two-point performances, with a goal and an assist in each of his last two games.

Nash’s goal was just one of eight the Bruins put on the board in Thursday’s meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Antti Niemi will be called upon early and often, and will have to have his best game of the season if the Habs are going to get a win versus the Bruins in their last chance to do so this year.

Puck drop is at 5:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM PST

How to watch

In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Bruins region: NESN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nikita Scherbak Phillip Danault Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Jonathan Drouin Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron Jacob de la Rose Logan Shaw
Nicolas Deslauriers Byron Froese Andrew Shaw

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner Noah Juulsen
Mike Reilly David Schlemko

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Daniel Carr, Rinat Valiev
Injured: Ales Hemsky (concussion), Charles Hudon (hand), Victor Mete (hand), Max Pacioretty (lower body) Carey Price (concussion), Shea Weber (foot)

Boston Bruins projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brad Marchand Riley Nash David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci Rick Nash
Tommy Wingels David Backes Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller Sean Kuraly Noel Acciari

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Nick Holden Brandon Carlo

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Injured: Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Matt Grzelcyk