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Defense, hard hitting and old-time Original Six Hockey is in store for the fans of Montreal on Saturday night when the hated Boston Bruins come to the Bell Centre to face the Canadiens. Two teams whose fortunes have gone different directions in the last month. Boston has begun to hit its stride while Montreal has fallen out of first place in the Northeast Division. The NHL’s famous Hockey Night in Canada will be on tap at 7 pm EST.

These two teams have met twice so far this year with Montreal winning both. Les’ Habitants outworked Boston at TD Garden back in November winning 3-1 and then squeaked past the Bruins at home 4-3. One goal games will be the order of the day any time these two clubs face-off.

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Boston Bruins

Bruins coach Claude Julien flip-flopped his goalies in recent weeks as starter Tim Thomas was benched in favor of Tuukka Rask. Then Rask allowed three goals on 16 shots in the first period against Buffalo and was sent to the bench in favor of Thomas. No matter, Boston is playing its best hockey of the year leading the NHL in goals against at 2.1. The B’s have won five of their last eight. Rask started the team’s last game, a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild in Boston on Wednesday night.

The Bruins are led by defenseman Zdeno Chara and enforcer forward Milan Lucic. Lucic has notched 28 points off 16 goals and 12 assists and plays with grit and determination. If he is involved in the game, Boston is a top team in the league. The supporting cast has been Nathan Horton with 26 points, Patrice Bergeron with 24 points, Michael Ryder with 23 points and Blake Wheeler with 15 points.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal’s offense has been non-existent of late. The Canadiens have scored 14 goals in their last nine games losing six of those contests. They played well in an have fought 2-1 shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night. The defense and goaltending so sharp early in the years has given up 30 goals in the same span which happens to coincide with the last to time the Bruins and Canadiens faced-off. Tomas Plekanec leads the Habs with 32 points followed by Mike Cammalleri with 28. Brian Gionta has 14 goals and 23 points while Andrei Kostitsyn has 23 points off 10 goals and 13 assists.

Carey Price is still the key to Montreal and he has been in a slump of late. He was outstanding against Pittsburgh with 31 saves, however. To make matters worse defensively, the Canadiens lost blueliner Josh Gorges for the remainder of the year to a knee injury. Andre Markov has been on the shelf for almost a month as well look for Montreal to be active come trading deadline in search of defensive help.

Boston is always a handful for Montreal and although the B’s did not play well on Wednesday look for them to rise to the occasion. Boston upsets Montreal on Saturday night.

This article was written by Jess

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