habs bruins matchupIt’s the way you would like a series like this to start. Both teams relatively healthy. No excuses.

Only Alex Galchenyuk is on the Canadiens list, and his knee injury has recovered enough to allow him to skate with his teammates Wednesday morning before the Canadiens took their afternoon flight to Boston.

What you saw in terms of lineup in their opening round series against Tampa and Detroit respectively,  is basically what you’re going to get in the second round. The Canadiens made the absolutely predictable move of moving the concussion-recovered Travis Moen onto the Briere line replacing the diminutive but game Michael Bournival. With Dale Weise, the line can at least now go pound for pound against anything the Bruins might offer against them. Other than that – status quo, although in the world of Michel Therrien, nothing is forever.

Fourth line left winger Daniel Paille returns to the Boston lineup after missing the opening round with a concussion. Centre Chris Kelly has back spasms and Justin Florek has replaced him on the third line. Defenceman Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid are out with knee injuries, but currently skating. Seidenberg underwent knee surgery in January and has missed fifty games.   (Probable starting lineups below).

We have had far too much time between series. It will be nine days between games for the Habs and the Boston media has had five days in which to fire up their fan base with the kind of rhetoric normally reserved for amateur fan blog sites and those who can’t resist spewing bile in the blog comment sections.  That the so-called “mainstream” Boston media is on that amateur level is informative.

The Montreal media so far hasn’t felt the need to spend time pigeonholing the Bruins in order to ramp up local emotions.   They simply repeat what Boston reporters are writing and saying about those ‘villainous’, ‘sneaky’, ‘devious’, ‘diving’, ‘despicable’, ‘cheating’, ‘whining’ and ‘chicken’ Canadiens.  Without even having to revert to that  “pot-calling-the-kettle-black” thing, Montreal fans have enough to get them hot under the collar.

Enough talk.  Let the players have their say.    Let the fun begin!!

Canadiens Starting Lineup for Game One

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Vanek

Prust – Plekanec – Gallagher

Bourque – Eller – Gionta

Moen – Briere – Weise

Gorges – Subban

Markov – Emelin

Bouillon – Weaver


Scratches – Forwards-Bournival/White/Parros – Defense – Tinordi/Murray

Probable Boston Starting Lineup

17-Milan Lucic 46–David Krejci 12-Jarome Iginla

63-Brad Marchand 37-Patrice Bergeron 18-Reilly Smith

57-Justin Florek 34-Carl Soderberg 21-Loui Eriksson

20-Daniel Paille – 11-Gregory Campbell 22-Shawn Thornton

33-Zdeno Chara 27-Dougie Hamilton

43-Matt Bartkowski – 55-Johnny Boychuk

47-Torey Krug 86-Kevin Miller

40-Tuukka Rask

Scratches – Jordan Caron/Andrej Meszaros/Dennis Seidenberg