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Bruins/Canadiens Preview, 11/11
Posted By DJ Bean On November 11, 2010 @ 11:33 am In General | No Comments
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  in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. They return home to face the Canadiens for the first time this season on Thursday.
Here’s everything you need to know going in.
WHERE IT’S AT
– 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  in Columbus.
– After scoring in the third period of the Bruins’ victory in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, Nathan Horton  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  the Sabres last Wednesday, Tyler Seguin  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 ‘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 , Michael Ryder , Zdeno Chara , Shawn Thornton  (!), Jordan Caron, and Seguin. Remember, Marco Sturm  was the only Bruin to score 20 last year, as he led the B’s with 22.
STORYLINES GOING IN
– Former Boston College  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  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.
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URLs in this post:
 Penguins: http://media.weei.com/hockey/pittsburgh-penguins.htm
 Claude Julien: http://media.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm
 Tuukka Rask will be in net: http://twitter.com/renhockey/statuses/2857668620324864
 Blue Jackets: http://media.weei.com/hockey/columbus-blue-jackets.htm
 Nathan Horton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nathan-horton.htm
 giants: http://media.weei.com/baseball/san-francisco-giants.htm
 Tyler Seguin: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tyler-seguin.htm
 Mark Recchi: http://media.weei.com/hockey/mark-recchi.htm
 Milan Lucic: http://media.weei.com/hockey/milan-lucic.htm
 Michael Ryder: http://media.weei.com/hockey/michael-ryder.htm
 Zdeno Chara: http://media.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm
 Shawn Thornton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/shawn-thornton.htm
 Marco Sturm: http://media.weei.com/hockey/marco-sturm.htm
 Boston College: http://media.weei.com/ncaa/boston-college-eagles.htm
 Carey Price: http://media.weei.com/hockey/carey-price.htm
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