Does it get any better than Bruins/Canadiens? Seriously, does it? Both teams could be fighting for LAST place and they’d still want to kill each other. And we all love it.
With the rivals set to face off tonight we have to wonder; is this the best opportunity the Bruins have had to end their losing streak to the Habs? Now, even though the Bruins haven’t won in their last 7 seven games against Montreal, the Habs have only won 1 game in their last 4 overall. They just haven’t been sharp. Carey Price is injured. Brendan Gallagher is injured. Devante Smith-Pelly and Torrey Mitchell are out with injuries as well. How can this not be the best opportunity in some time for Boston to grab a win in Montreal?
Despite the tired legs the Bruins carried into their Monday night match up with Nashville they have been playing much better hockey as of late. They’re currently 6-1-2 in their last nine games. Boston also has a 9-2-2 road record this season. Those stats alone have me ready to crack a pregame beer right now. They may have some deficiencies in their own end but the Bruins should have enough weapons in this particular match-up to win tonight.
But it all goes back to a couple unknowns. One; Tuukka Rask will undoubtedly get the start and Montreal is undoubtedly his kryptonite. He loves to stink up that building to high hell. If he can’t shake his string of poor starts against the Habs the Bruins will lose no matter who’s wearing those ugly red, white, and blue sweaters. And two; we never know what team we’re going to get with all the youth and inexperience on the blue line. Some combination of Trotman, Morrow, and both Millers will need to block out all the noise, leather jackets, and hair gel in the Bell Centre and make plays. The Bruins aren’t a team that can steal a game on talent like a Chicago or Washington. They need to show up in Montreal ready to go, ready to grind. They won’t get a break in that building. The only thing guaranteed for the Bruins is that Tomas Plekanec, a grown man, will be wearing a turtle neck playing hockey in a 70 degree arena.
It’s going to be another great rivalry game tonight. Get your chicken wings and frosty cold ones ready. This is the best opportunity in awhile for Boston to end their recent drought against that team from the north.