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NHL on NBCSN: The Bruins look to avoid a fourth straight loss vs. Montreal


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Boston Bruins host the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight.

The Montreal Canadiens will look for a sweep of the four-game season series as they visit the Boston Bruins tonight.

The Habs have out-scored the Bruins 13-5 in the three meetings this season.

It would be the Canadiens first season series sweep since they won all eight meetings during the 2007-08 season.

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has two goals and four assists while Max Pacioretty has three goals and two assists against Boston this season. Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson has a goal and two assists against the Habs.

There’s a chance Sunday’s game will feature a meeting of the Subban brothers. Habs defenseman P.K. Subban could face younger brother, and Bruins’ goaltender, Malcolm Subban.

Malcolm Subban has yet to make his NHL debut, but with the Bruins in the second of a back-to-back and Tuukka Rask playing Saturday night, the 21-year-old could see the net Sunday.

Rask has started each end of back-to-back games four out of nine times this season. He made 39 saves in Saturday’s win. Rask is 3-12-3 with a 2.81 G.A.A. in 18 career regular-season starts against the Canadiens.

Subban is 9-10-2 in 22 AHL games with Providence this season while posting a 2.47 G.A.A. and a .921 save percentage.

The Canadiens snapped a two-game skid with a 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Saturday night. David Desharnais had three assists in the win. He now has a goal and five helpers in his past three games.

Carey Price made 21 saves in Saturday’s win. Its unclear who will start for the Habs Sunday. Dustin Tokarski has faced Boston once back in 2012.

Boston enters the game six points back of Montreal in the Atlantic Division standings. The Bruins are 8-1-3 in their last 12 home games and have won three of four overall.

Goalie Nods: Dubnyk gets ninth straight start

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Dubnyk looks for a fifth straight win

Devan Dubnyk will make his ninth consecutive start Saturday night when the Colorado Avalanche visit Minnesota. Dubnyk posted a 24 save shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The 28-year-old has won four straight while posting a 0.75 G.A.A. and a .974 save percentage.

Semyon Varlamov gets the start for the Colorado Avalanche.


Kings at Lightning: Jonathan Quick vs. Ben Bishop

Blue Jackets at Senators: Curtis McElhinney vs. Robin Lehner

Devils at Canadiens: Keith Kinkaid vs. Carey Price

Oilers at Leafs: Viktor Fasth vs. James Reimer

Stars at Sabres: Anders Lindback vs. Jhonas Enroth

Islanders at Bruins: Chad Johnson vs. Tuukka Rask

Red Wings at Coyotes: Petr Mrazek vs. Mike Smith

Penguins at Canucks: Thomas Greiss, vs. Ryan Miller

Hurricanes at Sharks: Cam Ward  vs. Antti Niemi

Price protection? Therrien says running over goalies ‘has to stop’

Brian Boyle Carey Price

The Montreal Canadiens know how important Carey Price is — and how difficult life can be without him — which is why head coach Michel Therrien wants the NHL to crack down on skaters running over goalies.

“It has to stop,” Therrien said, per the Globe and Mail. “It’s not normal that players let themselves fall into the goalie like that. Those players never fall into the boards that way, but they’re able to fall into a goalie and risk causing an injury.”

Montreal knows the risks associated with running into netminders. Last spring, Rangers forward Chris Kreider knocked Price out of the Eastern Conference Final after colliding with him during the opening game of the series:

Kreider wasn’t penalized on the play and received no supplemental discipline from the NHL. The Canadiens, meanwhile, felt the play was borderline malicious and possibly intentional.

“I don’t think he’s a real dirty player,” Brandon Prust said of Kreider. “But in this situation he went skates first right into his leg. We call that accidentally on purpose.”

“Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play,” Therrien added. ‘That’s the truth.”

This season, with Price playing at an MVP-level, the Habs seem even more concerned about him getting bowled over. There were collisions recently in games with Buffalo (Patrick Kaleta) and Washington (Troy Brouwer) that drew the club’s ire, though Therrien insists this isn’t just about protecting Price — it’s about goalies across the league.

“Even if you have a defenseman who is six foot six, 250 pounds, if you lose position and the player on the offensive side lets himself go into the goalie, there’s nothing you can do,” he said. “I’m not only talking about Carey Price, I’m talking about goalies in the NHL.

“We have to find a way to protect them.”

Rinne ‘100 percent,’ will start for Preds in key tilt vs. Ducks

Pekka Rinne

After missing the last eight games with a knee sprain, Pekka Rinne will be back in goal for Nashville on Thursday when the Preds take on the Ducks in a top-of-the-table clash.

“I feel really good,” Rinne said, per the team website. “I feel 100 percent and feel ready to go. It’s never a good time to be injured, but I’m feeling good.”

Rinne was enjoying a banner campaign prior to getting hurt against Vancouver on Jan. 13. He was — and still is — the NHL’s wins leader (with 29), and currently boasts a 1.96 GAA and .931 save percentage. Those numbers made him not just Nashville’s MVP through the first half of the season, but also put him in the Hart Trophy conversation as league MVP (along with another goalie, Montreal’s Carey Price.)

His first game back, however, will be a stiff test. The Ducks are tied on 72 points with Nashville atop the NHL standings and the last time the two met, Anaheim narrowly came out on top in a 4-3 shootout win — but it was Carter Hutton in goal for Nashville that night, not Rinne.

Video: Subban the latest to be fined for diving

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers

Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban has become the fifth player this season to be fined for diving/embellishment — on Wednesday, the NHL announced Subban was dinged $2,000 for an incident against the Rangers last week.

The details:

Subban was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 586 vs. Tampa Bay on Jan. 6. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 712 at New York on Jan. 29.

Subban was assessed a minor penalty for embellishment and Rangers forward Chris Kreider received a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, at 13:05 of the first period.

And the incident:

The Habs rearguard joins the Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist, Florida’s Vincent Trocheck and Nashville’s James Neal in the quintet of players to be publicly outed as divers, under new rules put forth by the league this season.