STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (15-4-3, 1.90 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Price (16-6-4, 2.28 GAA, .913 Save %). Rask is 2-7-1 with a 2.71 GAA and .905 Save % with one shutout in 11 career games against Montreal. Price is 15-8-3 with a 2.52 GAA and .918 Save % in 26 career games against Boston.
BRUINS CLAIM DAUGAVINS OFF WAIVERS: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 27, that the club has claimed forward Kaspars Daugavins off waivers. The former Ottawa Senator will join the club after his United States work visa has been secured. In 19 games with the Senators this season, Daugavins has registered one goal and two assists with nine penalty minutes. For the full release, please visit the Bruins Media Website (log in information can be found below)
BRUINS RECALL TOREY KRUG: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli also announced today, that the team has recalled defenseman Torey Krug. Krug will join Boston on Wednesday and be available to play in the team's game against the Canadiens at 7:30 PM. Krug has skated in 55 games with Providence (AHL) this season and has registered 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points with 33 penalty minutes. For the full release, please visit the Bruins Media Website (log in information can be found below)
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Habs will meet for the 720th time tonight with the B’s holding a 270-339-103-7 record with the Canadiens holding 2,177-1,903 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 165-135-56-4 in 360 games at home with a 1,059-974 scoring edge against Montreal. The B’s are 25-6-5 in their last 36 games against the Leafs and 10-1-1 in their last 12 games versus Montreal in Boston. The 720 games between these teams are second to only the 723 games played between Chicago and Detroit.
FACEOFF LEADERS: The Bruins currently rank first in the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 57.3% clip. Patrice Bergeron leads all NHL players on the dot with a 62.1% success rate. Not far behind Bergeron is David Krejci who has a faceoff percentage of 56.5%, which is 11th in the league.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Seven of the last eight games between these two teams has been decided by one goal. The series score is knotted at 1-1 this season, with the Habs topping the Bruins 4-3 on March 3, and Boston beating Montreal on February 6, 2-1.
143 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 143 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
CANADIENS NOTEBOOK: The Canadiens are playing in their second game of a back-to-back after falling to Pittsburgh last night 1-0. Last year, Montreal was 5-5-3 in the first games of a back-to-back and 4-4-5 in the second games… Thomas Plekanec is one goal shy of tying Brian Savage for 36th on the team’s all time scoring list… Alexei Emelin is one game short of his 100th NHL game in a Montreal sweater… P.K. Subban currently leads all NHL defensemen in goals with nine. Subban is also fourth among NHL defensemen with 22 points, and is two points removed from his 100th NHL point… Carey Price currently ranks third in NHL wins with 16…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 13-for-86 (15.1%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 99-for-108 (91.7%, 1st NHL)… Canadiens power play: 29-for-137 (21.2%, 9th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 92-for-115 (80.0%, 19th NHL).
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