The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Tampa Bay yesterday. The Canadiens and Penguins engaged in an all-out goalfest at the Bell Centre last night. Pittsburgh won in overtime, 7-6.
The Bruins have some lineup options tonight. Jay Pandolfo replaced Shawn Thornton on the fourth line Saturday. Because Montreal rolls four lines, Thornton could be back in tonight. The Bruins could also swap out Daniel Paille with Chris Bourque on the third line. Bourque played a season-low 7:17 Saturday.
For now, we’ll assume Thornton is back in and Bourque is out. We’ll update if there are any changes.
Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.
TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network (Dave Strader, Brian Engblom), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Canadiens 13-4-4, Bruins 14-2-2
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Jay Pandolfo-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Chris Bourque, Lane MacDermid
Storylines: The Bruins beat the Canadiens in Montreal on Feb. 6, 2-1… This will be the Bruins’ first look at ex-Bruin Michael Ryder since he was traded back to Montreal. Ryder has been playing alongside Tomas Plekanec… The Bruins also shuffled their defensive pairings for part of Saturday’s game. Zdeno Chara had some shifts alongside Adam McQuaid and Dougie Hamilton. Dennis Seidenberg had some shifts with Johnny Boychuk… The Canadiens are averaging 15.3 penalty minutes per game, third-most in the league. Brandon Prust leads the way with 76 PIMs… Steve Kozari and Dean Morton will be the referees. Tony Sericolo and Greg Devorski will be the linesmen.