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NHL : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 3/27/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



MONTREAL (20-7-0-5, 45 pts.) at BOSTON (21-7-0-3, 45 pts.)
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Wednesday, 3/27/2013 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
51MONTREAL+150Ov 5,-135+145Ov 5,-130
52BOSTON-170Un 5,+115-165Un 5,+110
MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games20-12-0+4.720-12+4.717-
Team Stats (Road Games)11-5-0+6.811-5+6.810-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-3.22-3-3.21-
vs. Division5-8-0-65-8-67-62.533.62.827.7
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3298273334449949.9%1393021.6%165
Team Stats (Road Games)16501316192249610.1%671623.9%82
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510217001616.2%14321.4%14
Team Stats (vs. Division)133291012114377.3%581220.7%53
Stats Against (All Games) 78143623538479.2%1172319.7%133
Stats Against (Road Games) 3952012234458.8%50816.0%64
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 9350101247.3%16318.7%14
Stats Against (vs. Division) 37111493236010.3%501224.0%61
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PETER BUDAJ (All Games)6615514090.3%14-2+2.64-2-0+34-2
PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)4411710388.0%02-2+0.62-2-0+14-0
PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)331018988.1%01-2-0.41-2-003-0
PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)44888293.2%14-0+4.64-0-0+52-2
CAREY PRICE (All Games)262669163191.3%216-10+2.116-10-0+313-13
CAREY PRICE (Road Games)121232730593.3%19-3+6.29-3-0+66-6
CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)101025923691.1%04-6-5.64-6-0-54-6
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)44918391.2%11-3-4.21-3-0-41-3

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games21-10-0+7.221-10+7.210-182.931.52.126.9
Team Stats (Home Games)11-3-0+611-3+65-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-22-3-20-41.830.22.221.8
vs. Division8-4-0+1.68-4+1.64-62.633.42.325.7
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)31892828285109769.1%861315.1%146
Team Stats (Home Games)1444121414454579.6%4249.5%73
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)59134111516.0%1000.0%13
Team Stats (vs. Division)123151310344017.7%3226.2%50
Stats Against (All Games) 66192519338357.9%10698.5%106
Stats Against (Home Games) 297138123787.7%56712.5%41
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 113440110910.1%8225.0%21
Stats Against (vs. Division) 2861111013089.1%37513.5%49
BOSTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)9923921991.6%06-3+2.26-3-0+33-5
ANTON KHUDOBIN (Home Games)33827793.9%03-0+33-0-0+31-2
ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)5511810790.7%03-2+0.23-2-0+12-2
ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)441069892.5%02-2-0.42-2-000-3
TUUKKA RASK (All Games)232259455192.8%115-7+515-7-0+57-13
TUUKKA RASK (Home Games)111129527392.5%18-3+38-3-0+34-7
TUUKKA RASK (vs. Division)8718917391.5%05-2+1.45-2-0+12-4
TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)43696391.3%01-2-1.51-2-0-20-3
TIM THOMAS (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TIM THOMAS (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TIM THOMAS (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.01,  BOSTON 3.06
MONTREAL - Schedule
3/2/2013PITTSBURGH6-7L0, -120L5 ovO
3/3/2013at BOSTON4-3W0, +160W5 ovO
3/5/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-6L0, -120L5.5 unO
3/7/2013at CAROLINA4-2W0, -115W5.5 unO
3/9/2013at TAMPA BAY4-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
3/10/2013at FLORIDA5-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
3/13/2013OTTAWA4-3W0, -185W5 unO
3/16/2013at NEW JERSEY2-1W0, -140W5 ovU
3/19/2013BUFFALO2-3L0, -215L5.5 unU
3/21/2013at NY ISLANDERS5-2W0, -140W5.5 ovO
3/23/2013BUFFALO1-2L0, -200L5.5 unU
3/26/2013at PITTSBURGH0-1L0, +135L5.5 evU
3/27/2013at BOSTON 
3/30/2013NY RANGERS 
4/3/2013at PHILADELPHIA 

BOSTON - Schedule
2/28/2013OTTAWA2-1W0, -210W5 ovU
3/2/2013TAMPA BAY3-2W0, -170W6 unU
3/3/2013MONTREAL3-4L0, -185L5 ovO
3/5/2013at WASHINGTON3-4L0, -150L5.5 unO
3/7/2013TORONTO4-2W0, -205W5.5 unO
3/9/2013PHILADELPHIA3-0W0, -165W5.5 unU
3/11/2013at OTTAWA3-2W0, -170W5 ovP
3/12/2013at PITTSBURGH2-3L0, +110L5.5 ovU
3/14/2013FLORIDA4-1W0, -270W5.5 unU
3/16/2013WASHINGTON4-1W0, -230W5.5 unU
3/17/2013at PITTSBURGH1-2L0, +115L5.5 unU
3/19/2013at WINNIPEG1-3L0, -155L5.5 unU
3/21/2013at OTTAWA2-1W0, -150W5 ovU
3/23/2013at TORONTO2-3L0, -145L5 ovP
3/25/2013TORONTO3-2W0, -200W5.5 unU
3/30/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
3/31/2013at BUFFALO 
4/4/2013NEW JERSEY 
4/6/2013at MONTREAL 

LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.

COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.

LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.

OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.


LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.

COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.

ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.

LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).

PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.

OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Canadiens-Bruins Preview* ==========================


Montreal (20-6-5) at Boston (21-7-3), 7:30 p.m. EDT

The Boston Bruins are among the best home teams in the NHL, but their most recent defeat there came against the Montreal Canadiens.

Another one will give the Northeast Division lead back to their biggest rivals.

The Bruins look to grab a sixth straight home victory and gain sole possession of first place in the division when the Canadiens visit the TD Garden on Wednesday night.

Boston (21-7-3) and Montreal (20-7-5) are tied atop the Northeast heading into the final month of the regular season, and the Bruins have their 11-2-1 home record to thank.

They're playing 10 of their remaining 17 games at the TD Garden, where they haven't lost since a 4-3 defeat to the Canadiens on March 3.

Boston had outscored Montreal 21-11 while winning four of the previous five regular-season meetings as host.

After dropping three of four on the road while totaling six goals, the Bruins kept their recent home streak going with Monday's 3-2 shootout win over Toronto.

Boston's power play has sputtered, though, going 0 for 10 in the last five games.

"We still need to be better," said center Patrice Bergeron, who had a goal in regulation and in the shootout Monday. "It was a step forward, but still we've got some work to do."

Bergeron leads Boston with 27 points, and he has 30 in 31 career home meetings with the Canadiens - including the playoffs. He had a goal and two assists in the loss earlier this month.

Brad Marchand had a career-high three assists in that matchup with Montreal, but he's only scored one of his team-high 13 goals in the Bruins' last 11 games.

The Canadiens are struggling offensively as they try to avoid matching their season-high three-game slide from Feb. 6-9. They've scored once in two games despite holding a 76-43 advantage in shots on goal.

Montreal outshot Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh 37-25 on Tuesday but lost 1-0.

"You need a break if you want to win some hockey games," coach Michel Therrien said. "Certainly we didn't have any break (Tuesday). Twice (we) hit the crossbar. It's a matter of inches to get out of the building with a win."

Max Pacioretty has come up empty on seven shots in each of the last two games. The left wing, the team leader with 25 points, may be hoping another visit to Boston can get him going. He had one goal, one assist and a plus-3 rating in the first meeting there.

David Desharnais matched his career high by scoring twice in that meeting, but he has one goal in 10 games since and none in the past six.

Montreal's Carey Price is 0-4-1 in his last five starts against the Bruins despite posting a 2.20 goals-against average.

He's only started back-to-back games once in six opportunities this season, though, so perhaps Therrien will turn to Peter Budaj on Wednesday. Budaj, who hasn't played since March 10, stopped 31 of 34 shots to beat Boston earlier this month.

Budaj is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA in his last four starts.

It's unclear if Boston will go with Tuukka Rask or give Anton Khudobin his third start in four games. Khudobin has never faced Montreal, while Rask is 1-6-0 with a 3.18 GAA in his last seven starts in the series.

Last Updated: 4/20/2018 11:13:14 AM EST

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