All I heard in my head while typing this was a pluthera of things that our own delightfully biased Jack Edwards would say. Tonight is our version of Red Sox-Yankees. (No offense Rangers.) An ancient rivalry gets a little more mustard on it as the Montreal Canadiens stop by the TD Garden for another chapter in this saga. The Bruins (14-2-2) are on an impressive six game win streak. They just came off a 3-2 come from behind win against the Lightning last night. The Canadiens (13-4-4) are fresh off an overtime loss last night to the Pittsburg Penguins 7-6.
This game is going to have two tired teams that don’t think very kindly of each other. Yes, there is a professional level of respect that most athletes in a particular sport share for each other, but there will be very little love lost here at the Garden tonight. Here are a few thing we could likely see.
1.) A very low scoring game. The Bruins will likely have Tuukka guarding the crease tonight. Rask(11-1-2, 1.82 GAA, .933 save%) was rested in favor of Anton Khudobin last night. Tuukka will be ready to guard the crease and make any goal attempts by Montreal bloody difficult.
2.) PK Subban will fight…..? Subban has built up a lot of bad credit with several Bruins over the years. He could end up tussleing with Marchand, Lucic, practically anyone save Hamilton. Then again, Subban will likely slew foot or cheap shot Dougie and add one more Bruin to the list of people who will be gunning for him.
3.) If we ever were going to see a bench clearing brawl this season, this game could be it. Granted, that’s unlikely. But if Max Paccioretty looks at Zdeno Chara the wrong way, or if someone attempts to ‘Burrows’ Bergeron, tempers will flare and things will get medieval in that place. I’m sure Claude Julien will remind his team of the need to play professional hockey tonight.
4.) Someone will walk out of that game as leader of the Northeast Division and the Eastern Conference tonight. It’s going to be one exciting game. Go Bruins!