Canadiens-Bruins Series Preview

Francois GendronSenior Writer IApril 15, 2009

Tomorrow evening the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins will collide once again during the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Both teams have developed an intense rivalry over the course of the past decades, and this year's meeting will be no different. The passion should be reignited as soon as the puck is dropped on the ice for the first game of this best-of-seven series.

Many specialists, analysts, and fans are predicting a rather easy Boston win this year. The Bruins finished in first place of the Eastern Conference while the struggling Canadiens managed to pick up the final spot of the spring dance.

But, remember last year. The roles were completely different, and Boston managed to push this series to its very limit of seven games before being eliminated by the Canadiens. I expect a very intense and difficult battle between these two teams. Each game should be very exciting to watch, and the series should go to six or seven games.

I really can't see how Boston could dominate to the point of ending this in four or five games. The key factor of this series should be goaltending. Can Tim Thomas finally put away his troubles and past failures and offer his team a solid performance during the full length of a series against the Habs? Or will Carey Price play like Carey Price can and steal the show? All of Boston's hopes will rely on how Thomas handles the pressure.

This is why I expect the Canadiens to win in six games. Tim Thomas will fail, fail, fail.