Does size matter?
The Canadiens are smaller but certainly don't lack tenacity in their game with the likes of Brandon Prust and Brendan Gallagher patrolling the wings. Still, the Bruins play a heavy game and will try to wear down the Canadiens over the best-of-seven series.
Whether or not the Canadiens can withstand the punishment—or even dish out some of their own—could go a long way in prolonging the series or tipping the scales in their favor.
Despite the fact that the Bruins finished atop the league standings, the Canadiens won three out of four of their meetings during the regular season. They won 2-1 behind Carey Price's goaltending in December and earned 4-1 and 2-1 shootout victories in January and March with backup Peter Budaj tending the twine. Their only loss was a 4-1 decision in March, again with Budaj in net.
It will be interesting to see if the same success can be found in the postseason.
Reinforcements could be coming
For a team that will need to discover ways to beat one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, the Canadiens could really use some good news on the health of Alex Galchenyuk. Well, the team announced on its home page that the 20-year-old talent, who has been out with a lower-body injury since late in the regular season, may be able to return in the second round, although he's not skating yet.
Travis Moen is cleared for contact and is practising on the fourth line, according to TSN Radio's Jessica Rusnak. The Bruins' Daniel Paille skated Saturday, according to Rich Garvin of the Telegram & Gazette, and could also boost Boston's fourth-line production.