Game #72: Montreal Canadiens (39-26-7) vs. Boston Bruins (49-17-5)
Locaton: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: NBCSN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will welcome their Atlantic Division rival into TD Garden on Monday night. They’ll put their 12 game winning streak on the line in what is the fourth and final meeting of the season with the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal was able to beat Boston in their first two games against them earlier in the year. The Bruins crushed the Habs in the most recent matchup on Mar. 12, 4-1.
With the season rapidly nearing an end, and the Bruins riding their third longest winning streak in franchise history, Montreal’s chances of winning the division are essentially over. But the Canadiens are looking up at the Lightning and Penguins in the conference standings. Points are at a premium for them as they jostle for playoff positioning.
Boston is coming off a 4-2, come-from-behind victory, over the Coyotes this past Saturday. Jarome Iginla tallied two goals in the contest. Boston’s top-line winger now has 28 goals on the season and 11 in his last 12 games.
Tuukka Rask will likely be in net for Boston. He is undefeated in his last seven starts. In his last start opposite the Canadiens, he earned his first career victory against them. He made several key stops in that win.
Rask boasts a 1.55 goals against average over the course of the winning streak.
P.K. Subban has been playing some conistent hockey of late for the Canadiens. The dynamic blue-liner has 11 points in his last 11 games.
Montreal will need to be at their very best if they hope to slow Boston’s four line attack. Contributions scattered from up and down the lineup have fueled the Bruins dominance in recent weeks. Their defenseman have also been outstanding, including Dougie Hamilton, how was four assists in his last six games.