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Bruins/Canadiens Preview, 11/11

The Bruins likely have a ton of positive energy following a five-goal third period that propelled them to a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Penguins [1] in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. They return home to face the Canadiens for the first time this season on Thursday.

UPDATE [6:04 p.m.]: It appears that Claude Julien [2] said during his session with French-speaking reporters that Tuukka Rask will be in net [3] for the B’s.

Here’s everything you need to know going in.


– The Bruins are a modest 2-2-1 as the home team this season (they were the home team in the season-opening 5-2 loss against the Coyotes in Prague).

The Habs are 5-2-0 on the road, with their most recent road loss coming last Tuesday, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jackets [4] in Columbus.


– After scoring in the third period of the Bruins’ victory in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, Nathan Horton [5] now has 149 career goals. He can go for No. 150 against the Habs on Thursday night in front of the home crowd.

– The Bruins have averaged 2.2 goals this season in the third period when entering the period trailing.

– The Canadiens have the worst power play in the league, scoring on just 7.8 percent of their power plays.

– The Bruins have had back-to-back games just twice this season. They are 1-0-1, beating the Coyotes on Oct. 10 in Prague and losing in a shootout to the Blues on Saturday.

– After playing a career-high 17:22 giants [6] the Sabres last Wednesday, Tyler Seguin [7] has played 12:21, 9:49, and 12:32 in three games since. He is averaging 13:06 of ice time each night, and after assisting Mark Recchi [8]s goal, he has six points on the season (3 G, 3A). Seguin is on pace for a 21-goal, 21-assist campaign.

– While we’re extrapolating stats, seven Bruins are on pace to score at least 20 goals this season: Horton, Milan Lucic [9], Michael Ryder [10], Zdeno Chara [11], Shawn Thornton [12] (!), Jordan Caron, and Seguin. Remember, Marco Sturm [13] was the only Bruin to score 20 last year, as he led the B’s with 22.


– Former Boston College [14] star and current Canadiens captain Brian Gionta has had a rough start to the season, but things are starting to look up. After having just three points through the team’s first 12 games, Gionta has a goal and an assist over the last two games.

Carey Price [15] has been a rock in net for the Habs, softening the blow of just how good Jaroslav Halak has been (1.79 GAA, .932 save percentage). In 14 starts, Price has gone 8-5-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

Price is coming off a shutout against the Canucks on Tuesday, but has allowed three goals in three of his last five starts, all three of which the Habs lost.