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Canadiens vs. Boston

Gillette Stadium – Jan. 1, 2015 – 1:05pm

 

 

Lineup Changes

…Brendan Gallagher returns to the lineup after missing 17 games. He will resume his position on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty.

.With Gallagher returning, Sven Andrighetto was returned to St. John’s where he scored a goal New Year’s Eve in a 3-2 loss at Binghamton New York.

.Mike Condon will be in goal for the Canadiens.

.Bruins left wing Brad Marchand will serve the first of a three game suspension.

Head to Head

.The teams met December 9th at the Bell Centre with Boston ending an eight game losing streak against Montreal with a 3-1 win. The eight game losing streak dated back to the final two games of the 2013-14 playoffs and carried through the first two games of this season.

.The Canadiens are one point ahead of the Bruins in the standings but Boston carries three games in hand. Florida leads the Canadiens by a point in the Atlantic Division. Florida is idle until Saturday.

1 bruins previewAbout the Canadiens

.The Canadiens were part of the first Heritage Classic. In 2003, as part of Edmonton’s celebration of 25 years in the NHL the Canadiens played the Oilers at Commonwealth stadium in front of 57,167. The Canadiens edged the Oilers 4-3. The Canadiens took part in the 2011 Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

.This is the 7th game of an 8 game road trip. The Canadiens are 1-5-0 so far.

.Overall the Canadiens have lost seven of their last eight and were 3-11-0 in the month of December. They are 4-11-1 since Carey Price was hurt.

.In their last 16 games the Canadiens have scored 28 goals (1.74 per game) and have scored more than two goals in a game only twice.

.Brendan Gallather has scored 15 points and is plus-10 in 14 career games against Boston. This will be his first game since November 22nd.

.With Gallagher in the lineup the Canadiens were 16-4-2. Without him 5-11-1.

.Max Pacioretty has two goals in last 13 games.

.Tomas Plekanec has one goal over his past 23 games.

.Alex Galchenyuk has a five game point streakt with 2 goals and 3 assists. In three games against Boston this season he has five points.

.P.K. Subban has earned 41 career penalty minutes vs. Boston, more than any other NHL opponent.

1 wint classAbout the Bruins

.The last time the Bruins played outdoors was Fenway Park in 2010. They beat Philadelphia 2-1.

.Boston has lost three of it’s last four games.

.Boston ranks second in the league with 3.1 goals per game. They have the league’s best power play at 29.4%. Their goal differential is plus-18, second only to Washington.

.David Krejci is out with an injury suffered earlier in the week against Ottawa.

.Brad Marchand has been suspended for three games after he low-bridged the Senators Mark Borowiecki. Marchand was leading the Bruins with 15 goals.

.Patrice Bergeron has three goals in his last three games. He leads the Bruins in scoring with 35 points.

.Bergeron scored two goals on the Bruins power play against Ottawa giving him 18 power play points. Only Chicago’s Patrick Kane has more.

.Loui Eriksson has five assists his last three games.

.Centre Ryan Spooner has multiple points in four of his last nine games including two assists against Ottawa.

.Zdeno Chara has 19 points and leads the team with a plus-10 rating.

.Forward David Pastrnak is playing for the Czechs at the World Junior tournament in Finland. He has not played for Boston since Oct 31st when he broke his foot.

.Max Talbot will be playing in his third Heritage game. He played in 2011 and 2012 as a member of the Penguins. He missed the 2008 game between Pittsburgh and Buffalo because of an injury.

Goaltending

.A homecoming for Mike Condon who grew up in Holliston Mass. Which is about 30 miles from the city.

.Condon is 10-9-8 with a 2.48GAA and .904 save percentage. He is 1-1-0- vs. the Bruins.

.Tuukka Rask is 9-2-2 over his last 13 decisions. He stopped 32 of 33 shots in the 3-1 win over the Canadiens December 9th.

.Rask has a career record of 4-14-3 against Montreal with a 2.66GAA and .909 save percentage.

.In the month of December Rask was 6-2-2 with a .948 save percentage.

Special Teams

.The Canadiens have given up six power play goals in their last six games.

.Boston’s power play is the best in the league at 29.4%. The record percentage is 31.9% set by the 1977-78 Canadiens.

.Only Anaheim gets fewer power play opportunities than the Bruins 102 this season.

Boston Line Combinations and Pairings

21-Loui Eriksson 37-Patrice Bergeron 53-Seth Griffith

39-Matt Beleskey 51-Ryan Spooner 14-Brett Connolly

72-Frank Vatrano 29-Landon Ferarro 76-Alexander Khokhlachev

36-Zac Rinaldo 25-Max Talbot 11-Jimmy Hayes

33-Zdeno Chara 44-Dennis Seidenberg

47-Torrey Krug 54-Adam McQuaid

45-Joe Morrow 86-Kevan Miller

40-Tuukka Rask

Injuries – C David Krejci (IR upper body); LW Joonas Kemppainen (IR upper body); C Chris kelly (IR broken leg)

Suspension – LW Brad Marchand (3 games)

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 43-Daniel Carr

15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise

41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn

28-Nathan Beaulieu 76-P.K. Subban

79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry

74-Alexei Emelin Mark Barberio

39-Mike Condon

Injuries – G Carey Price (IR knee); D Tom Gilbert (lower body)

Scratches – D Greg Pateryn; D Mark Tinordi; RW Devante Smith-Pelly