NHL Preview: Canadiens at Bruins
Canadiens at Bruins
The Boston Bruins have gone more than a month since dropping back-to-back games and they have not lost in regulation in that same span. The Bruins hope to keep both streaks intact when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night in the second matchup in five days between the teams — with a third tussle looming at the Bell Centre on Saturday.
Boston followed up Saturday’s 4-3 shootout win in Montreal with a 3-2 overtime loss to visiting Dallas on Monday afternoon, extending its point streak to 13 games (9-0-4) since its last regulation loss on Dec. 14. “It’s not easy to get a point in this league,” Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. “So you take the points. And the character we’ve shown, that’s a positive.” The Canadiens have earned points in four in a row (2-0-2) after wrapping up a five-game homestand with a 5-4 overtime loss to the New York Islanders 5-4, but they are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. “It’s disappointing we didn’t get the two points, but we got six points out of the last eight and if we keep going like that we’ll be back in the race,” said coach Claude Julien, who returns to Boston for the first time since he was fired by the Bruins last February.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET; NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet, RDS (Montreal)
ABOUT THE CANADIENS (18-20-6): Max Pacioretty has been mired in a season-long goal-scoring slump, managing one tally in a 22-game span. However, Montreal’s captain has come alive in 2018 with goals in four consecutive games to boost his season total to 12. “I don’t feel I’m doing anything different,” Pacioretty said of his current tear. “I got a couple of bounces and that’s the way it goes some times. I feel I’ve been playing some good hockey for some time now and now I’ve got to keep going like this.”
ABOUT THE BRUINS (24-10-8): Rookie Jake DeBrusk had a goal and an assist and converted in the shootout against Montreal on Saturday, but he was among three players to miss Tuesday’s practice. DeBrusk and defenseman Kevan Miller were “under the weather” but are expected to play Wednesday, coach Bruce Cassidy said, while Noel Acciari is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. “I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on (Wednesday) morning,” Cassidy said of Acciari.
1. Montreal has scored a power-play goal in a season-high three straight games.
2. Bruins G Tuukka Rask is 12-0-2 during a career-long 14-game point streak.
3. Pacioretty has 15 goals and 28 points in 36 games versus Boston.