GAME PREVIEW | Canadiens – Bruins: Habs Take On League’s Best

Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game : MTL 2  ARI 3  F   The Habs got off to a great start with an early two-goal lead. Jake Evans scored his first career NHL goal. Another last-minute goal given up by the Habs cost a much-needed win.

For a complete game recap: Habs Lose Special Teams Battle

Players to watch

  • Phillip Danault
    Danault needed dental work after losing four teeth when he took a puck to the face last game. It looked scary but Danault escaped more serious damage after being hit by a Tatar shot.
  • Jake Evans
    Evans has really looked out of place since his recall to Montreal. Once he adjusts to the pace, he can only get better.
  • Tomas Tatar
    Tatar is six points away from his career high with lots of hockey left. He has been attracting attention of playoff bound teams. It will be interesting to see if he is moved to another team.

Keys to Victory

  • Play smart
    The Habs will need to limit mistakes and be smart with the puck against a top team like the Bruins.
  • Play to the buzzer
    The Habs lead the league in goals given up in the final minute of a period. They need to play hard and maintain their focus for 60 minutes. 
  • Outwork the B’s
    The Habs will be underdogs but they can make up for inadequacies with their effort. To win, the Habs must outwork the Bruins every shift.
Statistical Matchup by All Habs
TD Garden, Boston, MA | February 12, 7:30 PM ET | TV: SN, SN360, RDS, NBCSN

2019-20 statistics

BRUINS CANADIENS
80 (1st) Points (rank) 61 (20th)
34-11-12 Record 27-24-7
19-2-9 Home/Away 14-9-3
7-3-0 Last 10 7-3-0
3.30 GF/G 3.02
2.39 GA/G 3.02
26.3 PP% 18.9
83.7 PK% 79.5
50.91  CF% 54.13
Pre-game quotes
Claude Julien

  • “A lot of it comes back to winning battles, and the grinding stuff that you still have to do on a power play just hasn’t been there. … we’re one and done, we’re not jumping on those loose pucks, even in the battles along the walls, we’re losing a lot of those.”
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders by All Habs
Forwards
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Kuhlman
Heinen – Coyle – Bjork
Nordstrom – Kuraly – Wagner
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Kovalchuk – Suzuki – Armia
Drouin – Domi – Lehkonen
Cousins – Thompson – Evans
Defensemen
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Moore
Chiarot – Mete
Kulak – Petry
Scandella – Ouellet
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Lindholm, Blidh
Injured: Miller, Clifton
Scratched: Folin, Weal, Weise
Injured: Weber, Byron
Goalies
Tuuka Rask Carey Price
Record: 20-5-6
GAA: – 2.14
Sv%: – .929
SO: 3
Alternate: Jaroslav Halak
Record: 24-19-4
GAA: – 2.70
Sv%: – .913
SO: 3
Alternate: Charlie Lindgren
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
The Canadiens have to win three of every four games. This game will be tough but the Habs need to come out flying. The biggest rivalry in hockey has the potential to be an emotional one.
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