The Boston Bruins (34-11-12) will play host to the Montreal Canadiens (27-24-7) on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. This will be an Atlantic Division matchup between two teams that need to bring in 2 points. The Canadiens are 5th in the Atlantic and 11th in the Eastern Conference, having 61 points to their name. Meanwhile, the Bruins are first in the league, which of course means they’re also first in the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic. They even have a small buffer three-point buffer between them and the number two teams in the league. They go into their game against the Canadiens with 80 points. Their Wednesday night meeting will be the fourth and final of the regular season. Boston leads the season series 2-1, with their last match being on December 1st. In that game, the Bruins didn’t generate any offense until the third period, where they scored three unanswered goals to beat the Canadiens 3-1.
Canadiens Surviving, But Not ThrivingThere are certainly teams struggling more than the Montreal Canadiens. Three teams to be exact when it comes to the Atlantic Division. Fifth in the division is far from being horrible, but it’s going to be a hard fight down the stretch if Montreal wants to try to break into the top three of the division. A win against Boston would be a big step in the right direction. At the time of writing, they’re three points behind being able to tie for fourth. Their closest rival is the Florida Panthers. The most recent outing for the Habs was a match against the Arizona Coyotes. They lost, and with that loss snapped a three-game win streak they had been on. It was also the third game without their captain, Shea Weber. It was a hard-fought game, though, and in the end, it came down to an Arizona powerplay goal in the final minute of play for a final score of 3-2. Montreal got off to a fast start. Both of their goals came within the first two minutes of the game, with Jake Evans scoring 52 seconds in and Brendan Gallagher scoring 1:52 into the match. Unfortunately, the Canadiens would be unable to generate any more offense for the rest of the game and Arizona went on to score three unanswered goals. In net for the Habs was goaltender Carey Price, who stopped 31 of 34 Coyotes shots for a .912 save percentage.
"We're moving on to Montreal - a pretty emotional game for both sides, so it should be lots of fun."— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 11, 2020
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Boston Fights To Stay On TopBoston’s current placement in the division, conference, and league is impressive. It’s not an easy task to break into the top three, let alone achieving the coveted number one spot. Even more so to create a buffer, even a small one, between you and the rest of the top contenders in the league. But that’s just what the Bruins have done at this point in the season. At the time of writing, there is a nice three-point difference between the Bruins and the two 2nd place teams, giving them a small bit of comfort. Of course, that’s not to say that they’re able to let their foot off the gas even a little bit. Going into their game against the Habs, the Bruins are coming off a bit of an embarrassing loss. Their last match was against the worst team in the league by far- the Detroit Red Wings. By all means, it should’ve been an easy game, but despite the 40 shots Boston put on net, the Red Wings were able to win 3-1 to snap Boston’s six-game win streak. Boston’s lone goal came 33 seconds into the third period, scored by Torey Krug. There was one other puck from Boston that found the back of the net, however, it was overturned after video review showed the team had been offsides before the goal. The Bruins’ goaltender that night was Tuukka Rask, who was filling in for Jaroslav Halak after an upper-body injury kept the other goaltender from playing. Rask only faced 19 shots from the Red Wings, and let in two goals.
- Boston is 11-2-6 at home when scoring first.
- Boston is 3-0-2 at home when trailing after the first period.
- Montreal is 9-15-3 overall when their opponent scores first.
- Montreal is 1-5 in one-goal games when on the road.