6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs MTL
MATCHUP: The top spot in the Northeast is at stake tonight with the Bruins taking on the Canadiens in Montral at the Bell Centre. The B's look to extend their winning streak to four after previously earning victories over the Devils (April 4), Senators (April 2) and Sabres (March 31)
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (16-5-4, 1.94 GAA, .927 Save %) vs. Price (18-7-4, 2.30 GAA, .914 Save %). Rask is 2-7-2 with a 2.89 GAA and .898 Save % with one shutout in 12 career games against Montreal. Price is 15-8-3 with a 2.61 GAA and .916 Save % in 27 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Canadiens will meet for the 721st time tonight with the Habs holding a 270-339-103-8 record with a 2,183-1,908 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 105-204-47-3 in 359 games in Montreal with the Habs holding a 1,201-843 scoring edge. The 721 games played between these teams is second only to the 724 played between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: The last eight of nine games between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have been decided by one goal.
KREJCI LINE HOT: The line composed of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton has been hot in their last five games registering a combined six goals and eight assists. Horton has been especially hot and is responsible for four off the six goals that line has put in net during that span. PROJECTED LINES BASED ON PREGAME RUSHES: Lucic-Krejci-Horton Marchand-Seguin-Jagr Pandolfo-Peverley-Daugavins Paille-Campbell-Thornton D-Men Pairings: Chara-Hamilton Ference-Seidenberg Bartkowski-Boychuk
MONTREAL NOTEBOOK: Alex Galchenyuk comes into tonight riding a two-game point streak, earning one goal and assist… Brendan Gallagher has a point per game when playing Boston notching 1-2=3 totals in three games…PK Subban's seven goals in March are the most by a Montreal defenseman in the month since Mathieu Schneider had seven in February of 1994… Andrei Markov is one assist shy from tying Jean-Claude Tremblay for 24th on the teams all-time assists leaders list.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 14-for-96 (14.6%, 25th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 112-for-123 (91.1%, 1st NHL)… Canadiens power play: 34-for-155 (17.6%, T-17th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 109-for-133 (82.0%, 12th NHL).
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