Tuukka Rask  will be in net Thursday night against the Canadiens, as he was the first goaltender off the ice in Thursday’s morning skate. He will face Peter Budaj, who gets the start for the Habs. Montreal last played Tuesday, with Carey Price  making his eighth consecutive start.
It will be just the second meeting between the teams this season, with the Habs taking a 2-1 win Dec. 5 in Montreal.
The Bruins have been hot of late, going 6-1-1 over their last eight contests and scoring six goals in three straight (3-0-0), while the Canadiens are slumping. Montreal’s win Tuesday over the Hurricanes stopped a four-game skid, and the Habs currently stand fourth in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. By comparison, the Habs, who have played 53 games to Boston’s 52, are 10 points behind the B’s (Boston has 71 points to Montreal’s 61).
Adam McQuaid did not take part in the morning skate as he remains out with a leg injury. Chris Kelly  took line rushes with the fourth line, which is where he played for the first two periods of Tuesday’s win over the Panthers.
The anticipated lineup is as follows:
Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Paille – Soderberg – Eriksson
Campbell – Kelly – Thornton
Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Boychuk
Krug – Miller
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