Game Day: Canadiens @ Bruins
The Montreal Canadiens will be in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday evening for another heated showdown with the rival Boston Bruins. These two teams are on complete opposite ends of the standings, with the Bruins, who have won ten of their last twelve games, sitting pretty at the top of the Northeastern Conference. The Canadiens have only won four of their last twelve games, are sitting dead last in the conference, and sixteen points behind the Bruins.
That being said, games between these two bitter rivals are always unpredictable. While logic would dictate that the Bruins will win this one by a landslide, logic rarely comes into play when the Habs and Bruins meet each other on the ice. These two teams have met each other four times already this season, and have split the series to this point, with the Bruins winning the last two times. The Canadiens will of course be looking to change that and get a much needed two points if they are going to have any hope at qualifying for the playoffs.
Spirits are high in Boston, and they should be. While the Habs suffered another loss on Tuesday night, this time at the hands of Jaroslav Halak and the Blues, the Bruins celebrated another victory. They are coming off a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets, giving them 24 wins since the first day of November. The Bruins have been, quite frankly, almost unbeatable since their early season slump. They have only lost five times since November 1st, and if Montreal is going to make is six, they're going to need some of their key players to chip in.
One of those key players in Mike Cammalleri. He has received the most criticism of all the Habs players this season, and it's hard to argue with it. He was brought in to be the go-to goal scorer on the Canadiens, yet finds himself on pace for his lowest goal total since becoming a full-time NHL player, but not for lack of effort. Things just haven't gone his way this season, and he knows it. He expressed his frustration, and the teams frustration, following the 3-0 shutout loss to the Blues on Tuesday. If the Habs are ever going to turn it around, it's guys like Cammalleri who have to become a major part of it, and it's going to have to happen soon. He does have three points in four games against the Bruins this season, so he'll look to make an impact in this one as well.
As always when these two teams face each other, it's going to be a battle – not only physically, but between the pipes. Tim Thomas and Carey Price have a long history of goaltending battles against each other, and have even dropped the gloves in a moment that both netminders would probably rather forget. Both goalies have been solid once again this season, and it's sure to be an interesting match-up. While the Bruins are averaging almost five goals per game in their last twelve, Carey Price has held them to an average of only 1.77 per game in the four meetings they've had thus far. Thomas will also be a big factor for the Bruins, as he made 33 saves in each of the Bruins last two victories over the Canadiens.
Regardless of how far apart these two teams are in the standings, it's always a great game to watch, and there is no reason to believe tonight's game will be any different. The puck drops at 7:00 PM Eastern, and you can catch the game live on RDS, TSN, and NHLN-US. Enjoy the game!