April 6, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Canadiens

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens:

SEASON SERIES

Feb. 6 – BOS 2 @ MTL 1

Mar. 3 – MTL 4 @ BOS 3

Mar. 27 – MTL 6 @ BOS 5 (SO)

Apr. 6 – BOS @ MTL

NEWS AND NOTES

  • Wade Redden practiced with the B’s yesterday. It seems probable he’ll be in the lineup this evening.

  • Surprisingly, Chris Kelly has been upgraded to day-to-day and could return any game now, though he has been ruled out for tonight.

STANDINGS

Boston: 24-8-4, 52 points (2nd in division, 4th in conference)
Montreal: 24-8-5, 53 points (1st in division, 2nd in conference)

TEAM LEADERS
BOS / MTL

GOALS: Jaromir Jagr (15) / Michael Ryder (15)
ASSISTS: Bergeron, Krejci (21) / P.K. Subban (20)
POINTS: Patrice Bergeron (31) / Michael Ryder (31)

PLUS-MINUS: Bergeron, Seguin (+23) / Subban, Prust (+12)
PIM: Milan Lucic (57) / Brandon Prust (90)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (124) / Max Pacioretty (125)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (25:00) / Andrei Markov (24:25)

WINS: Tuukka Rask (16) / Carey Price (18)
GAA: Tuukka Rask (1.94) / Peter Budaj (2.28)
SV%: Anton Khudobin (.929) / Peter Budaj (.917)

ON A ROLL

Boston: Nathan Horton (5 pts in last 5 GP), Milan Lucic (4 pts in last 4 GP)
Montreal: P.K. Subban (8 pts in last 5 GP), Max Pacioretty (4 pts in last 3 GP)

ICE COLD

Boston: Tyler Seguin (1 pt in last 4 GP), Rich Peverley (0 pts in last 4 GP)
Montreal: None

OBSCURE STATS

Boston: Milan Lucic leads the B’s with 115 hits. Dennis Seidenberg owns the team lead with 84 blocked shots.

Montreal: Alex Emelin leads the Habs with 108 hits. Josh Gorges owns the team lead with 89 blocked shots.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Can the Bruins manage to avoid coughing up a late lead against the Habs in this one? Boston was ahead going into the third period in each of their last two clashes but only earned a single point, going 0-1-1.

  • Can anybody stop P.K. Subban? We know the B’s have struggled to do so, but so has the rest of the hockey world of late. Minimizing Montreal’s power-play opportunities will be key.

  • One has to assume with first place in the division on the line, and just three weeks left in the regular season, these two clubs will have some extra pep in their step.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Boston: Tuukka Rask (16-5-4, 1.94, .927)
Montreal: Carey Price (18-7-4, 2.30, .914)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Boston
Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Marchand – Seguin – Jagr
Pandolfo – Peverley – Daugavins
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – Ference
Redden – Boychuk

Rask
Khudobin

Montreal
Ryder – Plekanec – Gionta
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Eller – Prust
Moen – Halpern – White

Markov – Emelin
Gorges – Subban
Bouillon – Drewiske

Price
Budaj

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com