This rivalry dates back to the early 1900s when the two teams were part of what is known as the Original Six. There is no question that these two teams as well as the fans, cannot stand each other. It's one of the better known rivalries of the NHL; The Bruins of Boston and the Canadiens of Montreal. This is the Tale of the Tape.
Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens are coming into this heated rivalry sitting at a record of 6-3-1 in their last ten games. They have been playing some great hockey lately especially coming out of the Trade Deadline with a monstrous acquisition; Thomas Vanek was acquired from the New York Islanders.
The Habs essentially added insult to injury once they acquired Vanek; a solid offensive core backed by Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, and Tomas Plekanec just got stronger with his addition. The Canadiens also have the luxury of having defenders who are known for not only blocking shots, dishing out hits, and feeding snipers, but also lighting the lamp. Defender, PK Subban is a perfect example of this, he currently has 10 goals and 35 assists this season. The Habs will be looking at Subban as well as defender, Andrej Markov in aiding the team and earning two crucial points in tonights game. Might it also be noted that Markov and Subban have a combined three goals and 10 assists in the seven games post the Olympic Break.
Boston Bruins: The Bruins are currently second in the Eastern Conference standings with 89 points. They will be coming into Montreal with a record of 7-1-2 in their last ten and a season record of 42-17-5. Boston will be looking to add two more points tonight which will put them within a point of the Eastern leaders, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Much like the Canadiens, the Bruins were active in the Trade Deadline, acquiring defensemen, Andrej Meszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers. Meszaros will add some defensive depth to the Bruins roster which will be beneficial come the third period. In lieu to a couple long-term injuries, some of the rookies have had to step up and prove that they deserve to be in the league; defenders Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton have both made big impacts to the Bruins lines. They can both defend like a seasoned professional as well as being able to score and setup scoring chances. These two young guys have a combined season total of 20 goals and 33 assists; mind you these guys aren't starters and are still putting up these sorts of numbers. If the Bruins want to add on a couple of points they will be looking at these two defenders to set up forwards, Jarome Iginla and Patrice Bergeron who have been on fire lately.
Each team has their fair share of injuries, the Bruins will be without defensemen, Dennis Seidenberg, who is out for the rest of the season. Adam McQuaid is still out with a leg injury; he is expected to be out for a while. Forward, Daniel Paille is also out with a concussion. The Habs are without starting goaltender, Carey Price, who is missing his eighth straight. Forward, Michael Bournival, and defenseman, Josh Gorges are out with their respected injuries.
Like any rivalry game, the score will be close. The Habs have held the Bruins to an average of one goal in their two past games this season while the Habs are averaging three. However, the Habs had Price those past two meetings. With this in mind, the Bruins get the win in regulation earning them two crucial points.