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Gameday Preview: Bruins-Habs Game 4

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The Bruins look to get a better start against the Canadiens and hope they can tie the series in Game 4 at the Bell Centre on Thursday night. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily.

MONTREAL - The Bruins are in a familiar scenario, yet again.

Despite another attempt to overcome a multi-goal deficit in Game 3, the Black and Gold fell victim to a slow start and now trail the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in the best of seven after their 4-2 loss Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

This isnít the first time by any means that the Bruins have trailed a playoff series against the Habs. Three years ago after losing the first two, the Black and Gold won four of the next five to down Les Habitants in an epic seven-game series.

However, as the two teams prepare for Game 4, the Bruins will want to avoid a 3-1 series hole and come out with a fast start. Otherwise, their season could be on the brink.

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However, as the two teams prepare for Game 4, the Bruins will want to avoid a 3-1 series hole and come out with a fast start. Otherwise, their season could be on the brink.

Gameday details:

Series details: Habs lead, 2-1
Game 4 puck drop: 7:30 p.m.
Networks: NBCSN, RDS, CBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Location: Bell Centre

Bruinsí projected lines

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Matt Fraser

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Canadiensí projected lines

Max Pacioretty-David Desharnais-Thomas Vanek
Rene Bourque-Lars Eller-Brian Gionta
Danny Briere-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival-Travis Moen-Dale Weise

Josh Gorges-PK Subban
Andrei Markov-Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray-Mike Weaver

Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Morning skate update

The Habs took an optional morning skate Thursday morning. Donít expect many changes from their lineup.

Claude Julienís squad, however, had a full morning skate on the Bell Centre ice this morning and the lines were quite interesting to say the least. With Carl Soderberg taking the day off - the Swede should be in the lineup for Game 4 - Julien mixed things up with the line combinations this morning. Here is what they looked like:

Lucic-Bergeron-Eriksson
Paille-Krejci-Smith
Marchand-Campbell-Iginla
Fraser-Caron-Thornton

As Julien admitted, the lineup at the morning skate was to give the media something extra to write about. The chances are slim to none that the Black and Gold will have the same lines from the morning skate on display for Game 4, but stranger things have happened. Itís an interesting approach by the seventh-year Bruins bench boss to say the least.

Additionally, Matt Fraser was called up from Providence, while Justin Florek was sent down to the Baby Bís. Perhaps weíll see Fraser make his playoff debut this evening. Stay tuned.

Who to watch for in Game 4: Jarome Iginla and Thomas Vanek

Iginla and his fellow linemates, Milan Lucic and David Krejci, were a no show for most of the first three games. But after pulling the Bruins within one late in the third period Tuesday night, and having an exchange with Travis Moen, the ex-Flames captain couldíve lit a fire underneath the first line. No question, the Bís will need more from their top line, and they could be the difference makers in Game 4.

One difference maker you can always count on when he faces the Black and Gold is Thomas Vanek. After being relegated to fourth line duty earlier in the series, the perennial Bruins killer has found a rhythm again tallying two goals and an assist in the last two games. His feed to set up Tomas Plekanec in Game 3 set the tone for Les Habitants, and thereís no question that Vanek will look to do that again in Game 4.

A look back at Game 3

Bruins' thoughts on PK Subban


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