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Tonight on NBCSN: Bruins and Canadiens renew hostilities in Montreal

Feb 15, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

Carey Price, Brad Marchand AP

There’s never a dull moment when the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens get together and when they meet for the final time this season in Montreal tonight (7:30 p.m. ET) you can expect things to stay as feisty as ever.

Boston comes into tonight’s game sort of shuffling along quietly losers of six out of their last 10 games and coming off a humbling shutout loss to the New York Rangers last night. Tim Thomas hasn’t quite looked like the dominating goalie we got used to seeing last year and the Bruins’ offense goes from clicking well scoring in bunches to not being able to throw the puck in the ocean.

With Nathan Horton continuing to be out with a concussion and not traveling with the team, the Bruins have to overcome that but haven’t done so. David Krejci has looked out of his element and has been moved around the lineup. Tyler Seguin‘s once electrifying offense is on the fritz, and Milan Lucic seems to be the one guy out there still trying to mix things up. It’s not as dire as it sounds for the Bruins, but something is off.

It’ll be up to the Canadiens to not awaken a sleeping giant the way they were able to last season in Boston when the teams combined for 14 goals and penalty minutes galore. The Habs, instead, have their own issues to remedy. Montreal has won six of their last 10 games but are coming off a tough 5-3 loss to Carolina on Monday night.

While Scott Gomez‘s goal drought is at an end (arguing with coaches is a new twist), the Habs are hurting to get more consistent production from a few other players. While guys like Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, and Erik Cole are playing well getting more from guys like Gomez, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Rene Bourque would be nice. Getting P.K. Subban to settle down and shake off the stresses of playing in Montreal would go a long way as well.

With Montreal just seven points back of Toronto for eighth in the Eastern Conference and the rest of the Eastern playoff threats stumbling, there’s plenty for Montreal to play for. Perhaps this season the Bruins will be the ones to light the fire that spurs Montreal to make a run at the playoffs.

  1. dropthepuckeh - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Good to see Montreal climbing back in the standings even as a Bruins fan. My hatred for Montreal is only eclipsed by my respect for their tradition and history. I am definitely hoping that this game wakes the Bruins up from whatever they are ailing from and hope the road trip has the same effect on the team that it did last year.

    (I’m also hoping that whatever hotel I end up in tonight off of 1-95 in the Delaware-Maryland region will have NBCSN!)

    • habsman - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Make or break for the Habs tonight. Win and there is an outside chance, lose and its time to start evaluating draft prospects and trade posibilities. I’m sure the Bruins would love to burry us. Hope you find a 52″ flat screen tonight.

  2. koyoteken - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Tim Thomas hasn’t played well since he showed the world he’s an ignorant tea bagger. So glad I didn’t buy his jersey last year…………

    • dropthepuckeh - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Thomas definitely hasn’t played up to his standards as of late but I’d say the same of the entire team. That said I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t give a sh*t if you bought his jersey last year and whatever his politics, it appears Thomas is more informed (whatever the political affiliation) than most professional athletes.

    • back2backbees - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      You can expect to see Rssk between the pipes tonight.

    • imleftcoast - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Daily Show had a great segment on Monday on the government’s ‘persecution’ of Christians. First, not getting your way on everything does not equate to persecution of your religion equivalent to the Nazis. Second, if you are going to complain about the government intervening on your religion, do not ask for a tax deduction on the donations to your church.

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