Habs Lose OT To PhillyThe problems of the Montreal Canadiens (11-9-6) continued to mount, as the team was beaten again, starting a back-to-back stretch with a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers at Bell Centre yesterday. Joel Armia (9 goals, 14 points this year) and Tomas Tatar (9 goals, 24 points) gave the Habs 1-0 and 2-1 leads respectively before Tatar had to tie the proceedings at 3-3 with his second of the night in the third period during power play, only for the visitors to win the contest 31 seconds into the extra session. Montreal is 0-4-3 in its past seven fixtures.
Goalie Keith Kinkaid (1-1-3 for the season with a 4.24 GAA and a 875 save percentage) started versus Philly, stopping 24 shots, so expect Carey Price back in the crease for the trip to Boston. Price has gone 10-8-3 for the rolling year with a 3.19 GAA and a .897 save percentage, and is 27-14-5 against the Bruins historically with a 2.53 GAA and a .919 save percentage. The Canadiens, meanwhile, are 10th in most goals netted per game (3.31), 3rd in most goals conceded on average (3.54), 15th in power play (19.0%) and 2nd from the bottom in penalty kill (73.4%).
Bruins Edge Out BlueshirtsThe Boston Bruins (18-3-5) started their current five-game homestand with a bang, rallying to beat the New York Rangers with a 3-2 overtime count at TD Garden on Friday. David Krejci (5 goals, 19 points this year) buried the OT winner 1:40 into the extra period after Sean Kuraly (2 goals, 9 points) and David Pastrnak (24 goals, 41 points) scored in the second and third frames respectively to erase an initial 2-0 deficit. The Bruins have now gone on a six-game winning rampage, recording an overall 10-game point streak (7-0-3) and a 14-game point run on own ice (10-0-4).
Goalie Jaroslav Halak (6-1-3 on the year with a 2.35 GAA and a .930 save percentage) made 26 saves against the Rangers. But do expect Tuukka Rask back in the net for the outing versus Montreal, with him having gone 11-17-4 against the Canadiens in past encounters with a 2.49 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Rask is 12-2-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.10 GAA and a .931 save percentage. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 2nd in most goals scored per game (3.69), 2nd in least snipes allowed on average (2.31), 2nd best in power play (31.6%) and 8th in penalty kill (84.3%).
Boston (according to Covers.com)
- Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic.
Montreal (according to Covers.com)
- Canadiens are 0-7 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Canadiens are 8-20 in their last 28 games playing on 0 days rest.