P.K. Subban

Get your game notes: Bruins at Habs


Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Tonight marks the 894th meeting between Boston and Montreal, regular season and playoffs (the most meetings between any two teams in NHL history). The Canadiens have won five straight regular-season meetings in the series (Mar. 3, 2013-present), following a Bruins five-game win streak (Nov. 21, 2011-Feb. 6, 2013).

• New Canadiens winger Thomas Vanek (traded from the N.Y. Islanders on March 5th) has registered 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists – both most for him against any team) in 53 career games against Boston including a goal and four assists in four games this season vs. the Bruins. Vanek has averaged 1.15 points/games when facing Boston, his highest total against any team in the league (min. 10 GP).

• Bruins winger Jarome Iginla scored his 550th career NHL goal on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of 26th place on the all-time goals list. Five players ahead of him saw action for Boston.


• The Bruins are 7-0-3 in their last 10 road games, their longest road point streak since going 6-0-5 (11 games) in January 2004. They have not lost a road game in regulation to an Eastern Conference team since Dec. 28, when they fell 4-3 in Ottawa.

• The Bruins, the Eastern Conference’s highest-scoring team (3.16 goals/game), have gotten an NHL-high 42 goals this season from nine different defensemen (only Washington has had goals from more d-men – 10). The Canadiens (2.44 goals/game, third-to-last in East), on the other hand, have seen just four different defensemen score 19 goals, fewest among any team’s blueline corps.


• When leading at the second intermission, the Bruins are 31-2-0 and the Canadiens are 28-0-3. The B’s have scored a league-high 82 goals in the third period this season and allowed only 44 (second-fewest in NHL to St. Louis – 43), a league-best +38 goal margin. The Habs are even (52 for, 52 against), 14th-best.

• Led by goaltender Tuukka Rask (an NHL-high six shutouts), Boston has shut out its opponents seven times this season (T-2nd most in the NHL) and leads the league in team save percentage (.924). The Bruins have allowed 1.80 goals/game during their five-game win streak and 2.14 goals/game since the Olympic break (seven games).

Bruins’ Paille out at least two games with concussion

Daniel Paille

The Boston Bruins will be without fourth-liner Daniel Paille for at least the next two games with a concussion.

Paille left the Bruins game Sunday after taking a high hit from Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski. Claude Julien said they will keep him out of the lineup in the meantime as Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com shares.

“He’s feeling much better. It’s very minimal, but they’ve deemed it a concussion. So he’s going through the protocol right now,” said Julien. “Because of the protocol he’s not playing tomorrow, and more than likely not Thursday either. But he’s a very good possibility for Saturday.”

Better safe than sorry, that’s for sure. The Bruins face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

In the meantime, Paille’s absence means Jordan Caron gets to likely jump back in the lineup on the fourth line to take his place. Caron has a goal and an assist in 26 games this season and has been a healthy scratch for a better part of the time.

NHL on NBCSN: Bruins-Canadiens tangle in Montreal on Rivalry Night

Brad Marchand, P.K. Subban

NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins at Bell Centre at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

The Boston Bruins have rolled through the Eastern Conference this season, but one team they’ve yet to figure out are their historic rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.

The Habs have won both meetings this season and five in a row going back to last year. Playing hockey isn’t easy, and while wins have been plentiful for the B’s, you’d better believe their rivals getting the best of them sticks in their collective craws.

The Bruins come into tonight’s game on a five-game winning streak that has seen their offense dominate. They have 21 goals over that span and even came away with a shootout victory against Tampa Bay last Saturday.

Jarome Iginla has been on fire lately with three goals and two assists during the win streak. He cracked the 20-goal barrier for the 15th time in his career and has 49 points this season. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two helpers against Florida on Sunday and Boston has nine players in double-figures in goals with Brad Marchand leading the way with 21.

When you factor all of that in with the tremendous defense led by Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask’s stellar goaltending, it makes for a more-than formidable lineup. These things bother not the Habs, however.

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Montreal geared up for what could turn out to be an eventual playoff battle with the Bruins by acquiring Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders. Vanek has scored 30 of his 271 career goals against Boston, the most against any opponent. His years with the Buffalo Sabres helped make that possible, but it’s built him a résumé that attracted the Habs.

The Habs offense is a funky brand of attack that’s led from the back end by P.K. Subban and up front by Max Pacioretty. Subban’s 45 points are tops on the team, but it’s Pacioretty and his 30 goals that will make him a focus of Boston’s defense. Alex Galchenyuk’s return from injury as well as Vanek’s arrival have given a lift to Montreal’s offense, although lately times have been tougher.

Montreal comes into the game having lost three of the past four games and Carey Price’s absence due to injury hasn’t helped. Instead, Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski have had to take the reins to make sure they don’t slip too far back into a muddled Eastern Conference playoff race.

If Montreal comes away with a win tonight they’ll jump over the Toronto Maple Leafs into second place behind Boston. The Bruins aren’t in real danger of losing their Atlantic Division lead, but if they can help keep the Habs down and turn their fortune against their hated rivals, they’ll be more than happy to do it on their turf.