The Montreal Canadiens are not only making headlines in Montreal, but in the United States as well. It seems everyone has their eye on this series.
In the last 48 hours, 157 American newspapers made their predictions for the Habs-Bruins game. The result?
92 percent are predicting a win for Montreal. 78 percent say that the Canadiens will need five games to eliminate Boston, 10 percent say six games and finally 3 percent say the Habs will sweep the series.
Each team is making final adjustments as we speak.
Patrice Bergeron will not be part of the lineup tonight for Boston. As for Marc Savard, it will be a game-time decision.
When asked about staying out of the penalty box Julien responded, "If you're not disciplined, you might as well give them the series."
The last thing Claude Julien wants is to have his team down five on four or five on three against a team’s power play who finished on top for the last two seasons.
Saku Koivu and Francis Bouillon will not be playing tonight. Mike Komisarek and Michael Ryder will both be in uniform for tonight’s game. Carbonneau also decided to replace O’Byrne with Patrice Brisebois because of his experience.
As mentioned above, the Canadiens’ power play will come into play at every chance they get. Combined with Carey Price's cool focus, this is a dangerous team for any opponent.
Montreal has the momentum coming into the series by winning all eight season games against Boston, but the players are quick to point out that the playoffs are a whole new season.
One thing’s for sure: the Bruins will give it all they got. Tonight’s match will set the tone for the rest of the series.