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Scouting the Canadiens

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  April 12, 2011 01:22 PM

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The sixth and final time Boston and Montreal played in the regular season, the Bruins laid a 7-0 beating on the Canadiens. But in the season series, the Bruins lost four games, including one in overtime.

"They're a good team. Let's not kid ourselves here," said Claude Julien. "They've got good speed. They've got players that are pretty skilled. They've got a great goaltender. That's what we're competing against. I don't know about what we have to prepare ourselves against more than what we have to prepare ourselves to do. That's what we're doing. We're getting ourselves ready. It doesn't matter who you're going to play. You better hope your team is at its best. Simple as that."

Price will be expected to be the game-changer for Montreal. In six appearances against the Bruins, Price went 4-2-0 with a 3.46 GAA and an .899 save percentage. Price has been the team's MVP.

Up front, Brian Gionta scored five goals in the six games. Max Pacioretty scored four goals in four games. Pacioretty is not expected to play in the series.

The expected Canadiens lineup:

Mike Cammalleri-Tomas Plekanec-Andrei Kostitsyn
Mathieu Darche-Scott Gomez-Brian Gionta
Travis Moen-Lars Eller-Tom Pyatt
Benoit Pouliot-David Desharnais-Ryan White

Roman Hamrlik-James Wisniewski
Hal Gill-P.K. Subban
Jaroslav Spacek-Brent Sopel

Carey Price
Alex Auld

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