GAME PREVIEW | Canadiens – Bruins: Habs Face Rival in Boston

Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game : MTL 3  PHI 4  F/OT   The Habs played a much better defensive game but the Flyers capitalized on mistakes. In overtime Ivan Provorov schooled Max Domi beating him clean and the Habs losing streak continued to seven.

For a complete game recap: Habs Extend Losing Skid

Players to watch

  • Jeff Petry
    Petry has had a string of bad games during the losing streak and hasn’t been looking himself. If it’s injury related it’s definitely effecting him and he needs to heal up. It likely isn’t and just a bad stretch of hockey that should be over soon.
  • Nick Suzuki
    Suzuki is 7th in the rookie scoring race and has proved he is an NHL player. His confidence is sky high and when given space he is a threat not only to score but to set up a goal as well.
  • Brendan Gallagher
    The Habs have to come up with some kind answer for this streak and Gallagher is the player that can give them a spark.

Keys to Victory

  • Eliminate mistakes
    The Habs have to limit their mistakes against one of the best teams in the league if they want to get back in the win column.
  • Create traffic
    Getting bodies near the Bruins crease is going to be big. The Habs have to be willing to take the punishment and will be rewarded.
  • Win special teams
    The Habs should not test their penalty-kill against one of the league’s best power-plays. In addition, Montreal has to execute much better when they have the man advantage. 
Statistical Matchup by All Habs
TD Garden, Boston, MA | December 1, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN, NESN, RDS, NHLN

2019-20 statistics

BRUINS CANADIENS
41 (2nd) Points (rank) 28 (22nd)
18-3-5 Record 11-9-6
10-0-4 Home/Away 5-3-3
7-0-3 Last 10 3-4-3
3.69 GF/G 3.31
2.31 GA/G 3.54
31.6 PP% 19.0
84.3 PK% 73.4
50.02  CF% 54.18
Pre-game quotes
Brendan Gallagher

  • “The fans are emotional, they’re passionate. I think everyone knows that this team always plays good here. But it’s a really fun place, we’ve got some good memories here. Been able to have a little bit of success and it’s always with the same formula. Usually comes from our skating game, taking the fans out of the game and just enjoying it.”
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders by All Habs
Forwards
Marchand – Krejci – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Coyle – Heinen
Bjork – Kuraly – Backes
Nordstrom – Lindholm – Wagner
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Domi – Suzuki
Cousins – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Hudon – Thompson – Weal
Defensemen
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Clifton
 Chiarot – Weber
Kulak – Petry
Olofsson – Fleury
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Kampfer
Injured: Miller, Kuhlman, Ritchie, Bergeron, Senshyn
Scratched: Reilly, Folin
Injured: Drouin, Byron, Mete
Goalies
Tuuka Rask Carey Price
Record: 12-2-2
GAA: – 2.10
Sv%: – .931
SO: 2
Alternate: Jaroslav Halak
Record: 10-8-3
GAA: – 3.19
Sv%: – .897
SO: 1
Alternate: Keith Kinkaid
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
The Canadiens losing streak has to stop sometime and why not against their biggest rival in their own rink. It’s not going to be easy. But if the Habs can get a win they could move back into the playoff conversation.
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