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Game 53 preview: Canadiens at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  January 30, 2014 11:51 AM

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Welcome to TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Canadiens for the first time this season. The rivals have faced each other once so far this season, back on Dec. 5, when the Bruins lost a 2-1 game. In fact, the Bruins have not fared well against Montreal of late, going 0-3-1 in the last four meetings.

This is the Bruins' 28th home game of the season -- the latest ever for the Canadiens' first visit. The Canadiens did not visit until Feb. 1 in 2000-01, but that came in the Bruins' 26th home game.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV, radio: NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Records: Bruins 34-15-3, Canadiens 28-20-5

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Gregory Campbell-Chris Kelly-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins have scored 18 goals in their last three games, six in each. They are 5-0-1 in their last six games ... The Canadiens had lost four straight before beating Carolina Tuesday ... Reilly Smith has a seven-game point streak, with 8 points in the streak ... The referees for tonight's game are Frederick L'Ecuyer and Dan O'Halloran. The linesmen are Brad Kovachik and Tony Sericolo.

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