The Bruins’ 3-5-0 start to the season has certainly been underwhelming, but their next opponent and biggest rival is in even deeper trouble.
As the B’s await the Canadiens on Thursday, the Habs are still looking for their second win of the season. Montreal has gotten off to a 1-5-2 start to the season, with their latest loss being suffered to the Panthers Monday night at the Bell Centre . Jacob Markstrom made 40 saves for the Panthers, so a solid start from backup goaltender Peter Budaj was wasted by the Habs.
The loss dropped the Habs to 0-3-2 at home. They will host the Flyers on Wednesday as they look to get their first home win of the season.
Though neither team has started the season as well as they’d hoped, the Bruins certainly hope their home-and-home with the Habs on Thursday and Saturday can amp them up enough to start winning again.
“They’re obviously a big rival, and a good team,” Rich Peverley  said Monday. “It’s going to be fun to play back-to-back games against them. Playing them in the playoffs, there’s some hostility, but those will be fun games to play in.”