With the first night of NHL Playoff games in the books our attention will be on a number of games tonight as the 2011 NHL Playoffs continue to evolve.
The most anticipated matchup of the night should be the Boston Bruins battle with the Montreal Canadiens, as it already encompasses a number of juicy regular season story lines and one of the most storied rivalries in all of hockey.
Let’s face it folks, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have a hate on for each other like few other rivalries, partially based on an early season brawl between the two sides and of course that “little” incident involving Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and Montreal forward Max Pacioretty.
History tells us that Montreal holds a 24-8 advantage in playoff series against the Bruins, but with playoff hockey, anything is possible.
The Habs won the season series between the two clubs, taking four of six matches. That said; the last time these two clubs met the Bruins pasted the Canadiens by a final score of 7-0, which, for many people, serves as the most important stat.
The Canadiens will enter the playoffs without the services of a number of key players, including defensemen Andrei Markov and Josh Georges. The Habs will also be without the services of Max Pacioretty and Jeff Halpren.
History and hate aside, this series is likely to come down to a number of factors, each of which as important as the next.
Let’s take a look at the Three keys to victory for the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.