Thursday, March 20, 2008

Can Montreal Stretch It To 7-0?

The Montreal Canadiens return to the road for tonight's contest, visiting the Boston Bruins @ TD Banknorth Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:08.

Montreal, fresh of a 4-3 upsetting by the Blues, are looking to push the season series with Boston to a flawless 7-0 with a win tonight. The Habs have won all 3 in Boston thus far to go along with their 3 victories vs. Boston on home ice. They will conclude the season series on Saturday with a matchup at the Bell Centre.

Montreal (40-24-10) has outscored Boston (37-27-9) 32-12 in six meetings this season, putting up five or more goals four times. The Canadiens scored their season high in their most recent win over the Bruins, 8-2 on Jan. 22 - their ninth straight victory vs. Boston. They have won 16 of their last 19 against these Bruins.

The win will be all the more important tonight as Montreal looks to pad its 3 point lead over Ottawa, who are heavily favoured to defeat the Blues on home ice tonight with the Blues wrapping up a season-high 9 game road trip.

Carey Price gets the start in goal for Montreal. In the 6 games played (and won) vs. Boston this year, Price has been in goal for 3, allowing a total of 7 goals - 4 of which came in a 7-4 Habs win.

Lineup notes:

-Bryan Smolinski and Patrice Brisebois are healthy scratches, as Guy Cabonneau will add more physicality to the lineup to match up against the physical Bruins; he will dress Maxim Lapierre and Ryan O'Byrne. Mathieu Dandenault, who has scored 3 of his 7 goals this season vs. Boston, is likely to remain a healthy scratch.

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