This is the 4th and final meeting of the 2018-2019 regular season between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. The teams have split the series with the Bruins having the one-game advantage at 2-1.
The Habs are only a few games behind the Bruins in the standings, so a home-team win tonight would go to help solidify the Bruins spot in the playoff structure and make it more difficult for a rival.
So what do the lines look like?
Charlie McAvoy, who had been skating with Steve Kampfer in practices, appears to be back, displacing John Moore in the roster vs the Leafs on Saturday. Colby Cave was placed on waivers today, as David Backes has returned from suspension and JFK has somewhat established himself as a bottom-six centerman. Joakim Nordstrom is still out with a cracked fibula, but did the ceremonial pre-game puck drop for the Pride on Saturday (while wearing a walking boot).
Tuukka will start in goal tonight – which feels good to me as he has been the better ‘tender as of late. Also, Tuukka has accumulated 251 wins as the Bruins goaltender, behind only Tiny Thompson – who minded net for 252 wins as a Bruin (284 total). Tonight would be a fine game for Tuukka to log a milestone victory (no pressure, dude).
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
This evening’s opponent are the Habs. They suck. Their only notable injury right now is Andrew Shaw who has a neck injury. They are 3-3-0 in their last six games, and have a season record of 24-17-5, for 53 points, which puts them only 3 points behind the Bruins, and they have been battling with the Islanders and Sabres for the wildcard spots in the east.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):
#92 Jonathan Drouin — #24 Phillip Danault — #11 Brendan Gallagher
#62 Artturi Lehkonen — #13 Max Domi — #40 Joel Armia
#90 Tomas Tatar — #15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi — #21 Paul Byron
#47 Kenny Agostino — #43 Michael Chaput — #20 Nicolas Deslauriers
#53 Victor Mete — #6 Shea Weber
#28 Mike Reilly — #26 Jeff Petry
#17 Brett Kulak — #8 Jordie Benn
#31 Carey Price
(#37 Antti Niemi)