Montreal’s 7-6 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Saturday night stands as the exception. Otherwise, the Canadiens have been playing tight, efficient, and lively hockey en route to a 13-4-4 record. They are tied with the Bruins with 30 points.
“I think they’re playing with a lot of energy,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “They seem really motivated this year. They seem excited. They seem committed – all the things a successful team has to have. Whether it’s the change of upper management, whether it’s the acquisitions they made, they’re a good team. I know for a fact if you take yesterday’s game out, where it was a bit of a run-and-gun type of game with a lot of goals scored, they’ve been really solid. They’ve played really good hockey.”
Julien said he’ll make his final lineup decision tonight before the game. Expect Tuukka Rask to be in goal, to be opposed by Carey Price.
* Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch Saturday. Thornton was one of 12 players, including both goalies, to participate in an optional morning skate. If Thornton goes back in, either Jay Pandolfo or Chris Bourque would come out.