Game Preview by Caitlyn Golem
Last game: MTL 5  VAN  2  

Gallagher’s game winning goal at the half way point in the third period scored the Canadiens a second straight win.

For a complete recap: Habs BC Contingent Takes Down Vancouver

Players to watch

  • Brendan Gallagher
    When one thinks of Gallagher they likely think of his uncanny ability to get under opponents skin – rarely giving fans a dull moment when he is in the opposing team’s end. On top of this, he leads the Canadiens offense with 16 goals, making him all that more irritating to the other team.
  • Brad Marchand
    Marchand has played a vital role in the Canadiens – Bruins rivalry for many years. Expect tonight to be no different. He leads the Bruins with 40 points.
  • David Pastrnak
    Pastrnak is just one point behind Marchand so if Brad doesn’t net one, David likely will.

Keys to Victory

  • Ride your goaltending
    Every victory for the Canadiens seems to largely depend on how their goaltending is. Their goals for average for the season so far has been just 2.5 while their goals against average has been 3.02. It is no secret that the Canadiens offense can be very much hit or miss so their goaltender keeping their goals against as low as possible is key.
  • Channel the emotion
    The rivalry will get the blood boiling. The Canadiens can’t take bad penalties.
  • Finish strong
    Both teams are coming off of a five-day break so tiredness isn’t a factor and it will likely come down to conditioning.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | January 13, 7:00 PM ET | TV: CBC, SN, TVAS, NESN

2017-18 statistics

BRUINS CANADIENS
53 (7th) Points (rank) 40 (27th)
23-10-7 Record 18-20-4
9-5-4 Away/Home 11-8-3
8-0-2 Last 10 4-6-0
3.23 GF/G 2.52
2.50 GA/G 3.05
20.8 PP% 19.0
82.8 PK% 78.4
 52.94  CF%  51.20
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Spooner
Heinen – Nash – Backes
Schaller – Kuraly – Acciari
Pacioretty – Danault – Lehkonen
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Hudon
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – De La Rose – Shaw
Defensemen
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Miller
Benn – Jerabek
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Postma, Vatrano
Injured: McQuaid
Scratched: Morrow, Carr, Froese
Injured: Weber, Hemsky
Goalies
Tuukka Rask Carey Price
Record: 14-8-4
GAA: 2.23
Sv%: .920
SO: 2
Alternate: Anton Khudobin
Record: 13-14-2
GAA: 2.89
Sv%: .911
SO: 1
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect
Montreal and Boston have one of the most storied rivalries in sports so expect an action packed game from start to finish.

Prediction: Canadiens 2  Bruins 4 

The Bruins are seventh in the league and the Canadiens are 27th so it is likely the Bruins will go take home the win.

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