Bruins and Habs Renew Rivalry Tonight

Nick ColonSenior Analyst INovember 22, 2008


The last time the Bruins and Canadiens met, the Bruins reversed a 12-game winless streak against the Habs during the regular season to the tune of a 6-1 thrashing. Please let me remind you though, that the Boston Bruins did not have Tim Thomas in net that night.

This time, however, the Habs will be a bit more energized for a couple of reasons. Saturday night's affair will be held in the Bell Centre, home to the 2008-2009 All Star game.

Also, prior to the game, the Habs will retire former Goaltender, and Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy, which is bound to get the crowd in Montreal juiced up for this original six matchup.

The Bruins have been red hot, going 8-1-1 in their past 10 games, where the Habs are struggling, going only 5-4-1 in just as many games.

The Bruins look to have Dennis Wideman and Marco Sturm in the lineup, both of whom are injured coming into tonight's action.

Furthermore, the Canadiens hope to get a little support from their defense. Defenseman Mike Komisarek is out for a month with a shoulder injury, having only one point through the first 18 games played this season (he only played 14 of them).

The Canadiens could also use a little help from the Kostitsyn brothers, who have combined to score just five of the club's 56 goals thus far on the season.

On the other side, the Bruins' scorers have fared well, with Center Marc Savard leading the team with 27 points, which is good for third in the NHL. It also doesn't hurt to have the leading NHL save percentage goalie in Tim Thomas minding the net.

"We're playing well, and we're finding a way to win tight games."

That was a quote from now Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, but the actual quote came from Julien when he was a part of the Canadiens staff back in 2005. However, the quote still seems to ring true, as the B's are well on their way to giving Julien a nice trophy for Coach of the Year.