Wednesday February 9, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
On the day the Habs face the Bruins, Chris Nilan turns 53. The fiercest fighter in league history, Nilan spent time with both clubs. While the Bruins have maintained an element of thuggery, the Habs have turned to a speed and precision approach in recent years. Both teams have seen their play steadily improve in the last decade, and are now the two powers in the Northeast division.
With a win tonight, the Habs will move into a tie with the Bruins for first place in the division, and 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference.
It will be a good one.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Mike Cammalleri (Shoulder)
- Alexandre Picard (healthy scratch)
- Marc Savard (out for season)
- Daniel Paille (suspension)
Keys to the Game
This game has “Battle of the Goalies” written all over it. Both teams have great defenses and rely on their special teams to get it done. Both teams have Vezina caliber goalies (although Thomas is insane this year and is a shoe in for the trophy) whom they rely on heavily. Both teams have been, at times, offensively challenged. I am stoked.
I look to both Pacioretty and Pouliot, to play a smashmouth hard forechecking game tonight to free up some space for the speedy little guys around them. I also foresee a multipoint night for the tiny, but talented, David Desharnais. Look out Gomez! This guys gunning for your job!
Montreal 2 – Boston 1