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Canadiens vs. Bruins: Game thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

This one’s going to be a dandy, folks.

The Montreal Canadiens travel to Boston for a matchup against one of the most hated rivals in franchise history. Both teams have been on fire recently, having each won three contests with one loss (that coming in regulation for Boston and a shootout loss for Montreal). They both stand atop the Atlantic Division with Montreal in first and Boston in second.

Both teams have their respective headlines offensively coming in to this game. Brad Marchand is currently leading all NHL forwards in points, with nine through four games played, and David Pastrnak following closely behind with seven. Meanwhile, the Habs are tied for first in average goals scored per game, with 16 makers in their first four contests.

This is coupled with the fact that the Habs currently have six players who are either at or above a point-per-game pace: Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais, Shea Weber, and Jeff Petry.

Newcomers Arturri Lehkonen, Andrew Shaw, Alexander Radulov, and Shea Weber get to experience their first Montreal-Boston game in the Garden. Although the Boston faithful will undoubtedly welcome the meeting with a shower of boos open arms, there have been those who have questions about the rivalry having become less heated in recent years, with notable players on both teams such as P.K. Subban and Milan Lucic now wearing different sweaters. However, rest assured that when both of these teams are fighting to be top dog in the Atlantic, all assumed pleasantries will be out the window.

Update: The Bruins will also be without starting goaltender Tuukka Rask tonight as he recovers from day-to-day soreness.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT

How to Watch

Canada (English): City TV

Canada (French): TVA Sports

United States: NESN

Outside the NY/Boston area: NHL.TV (free!)

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron David Desharnais Andrew Shaw
Phillip Danault Torrey Mitchell
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Scratched: Mikhail Sergachev, Daniel Carr

Injured: Zach Redmond (foot)

Boston Bruins Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pasternak
Danton Heinen David Krejci David Backes
Matt Belesky Riley Nash Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller Dominic Moore Noel Acciari
Left Defense
Right Defense
Zdeno Chara Brandon Carlo
Joe Morrow Torey Krug
John-Michael Liles Colin Miller
Anton Khudobin
Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Ryan Spooner, Rob O’Gara

Injured: Tuukka Rask (soreness), Adam McQuaid (upper body)