After battling the Boston Bruins to an overtime victory Saturday night, the Montreal Canadiens can put themselves in a stranglehold position with a win tonight in the TD Banknorth Garden.
Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau will make no changes to the starting lineup for tonight's match and did not put the starters out on the ice for a pre-game skate today.
Healthy scratches Ryan O'Byrne, Mikail Grabovski, Gregory Stewart and backup goalie Jaroslav Halak did however skate today alongside Francis Bouillon who is still nursing a foot injury.
Carbonneau and his coaching staff may be reviewing the team’s lackluster powerplay this afternoon going over video with the units. The league's No. 1 powerplay had failed to score in the first two games until Alex Kovalev's overtime winner last night.
Bruins' coach Claude Julien expects no roster changes either and that defenceman Dennis Wideman would be a game time decision.
Patrice Bergeron is not expected to play but RDS analyst Jacques Demers would not be surprised to see him dressed possibly for spot powerplay or penalty kill role.
Given a team is down 2-0, it may not be a bad idea provided Bergeron is healthy as it would be a shame to sacrifice a career by playing one game too early.
In game 2, Bruins were a much improved team over the squad that played poorly in game 1 and should be tougher with the Boston crowd behind them.
Game time is 7 PM EST.