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Canadiens vs. Bruins: Five things you should know

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Saturday 14 April 2018 7:56:45 am

Here are five things you should know about the Bruins-Canadiens game at the Bell Centre Saturday Not those guys again The Canadiens and the Bruins are meeting for the third time in eight days and the first two games didnt go well for Montreal. The Canadiens did manage to earn a point at the Bell Centre last Saturday night, but lost 4-3 when Brad Marchand scored the winning goal in a shootout. It was s totally different story Wednesday as the Bruins romped to a 4-1 win at TD Garden. Rookie defenceman Jakub Jerabek was credited with his first NHL goal at the 31-second mark, but the Bruins dominated the rest of what might have been the Canadiens worst performance of the season.The slippery slope Going into Friday game in Washington, the Canadiens found themselves out of the playoffs by double digits for the first time this season. The Canadiens have 42 points and are 11 points behind the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who occupy the two wild-card positions with 53 points each https://www.penguinsfansteamstore.com/Carter_Rowney_Jersey-31 . The Canadiens plight is compounded by the fact that there are other teams chasing the two wild-card positions. Philadelphia, with a 6-3-1 record in its last 10 games, and the New York Islanders, check in with 50 points each, while the Carolina Hurricanes have 48 points. The Canadiens are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games.Workhorse goaltenders Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens after getting a rare night off in Washington Friday. Prior to getting the break, Price had played 22 of the previous 23 games since returning from a lower-body injury. He has struggled along with his teammates and has a 2.96 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. Boston Tuukka Rask also had some injury problems in the fall, but he has played 17 of the last 22 games for the Bruins. He has a 15-9-4 record on the season, but his last regulation loss was on Nov. 26. He checks in with a 2.21 GAA and a .920 save percentage.Bruins on a tear The Bruins have secured at least one point in each of their last 15 games with an 11-0-4 record. They followed their win over the Canadiens with a 5-2 win over the Islanders in Brooklyn on Thursday night. Patrice Bergeron, who is the best two-way forward in the NHL, led the offence with three goals and he has 14 pointsnine goals and five assistsin his last eight games Conor Sheary Jersey. Marchand added a goal and two assists and he Boston leading scorer with 20 goals and 46 points. David Pastrnak has 19 goals and 41 points while Bergeron has 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points https://www.penguinsfansteamstore.com/Evgeni_Malkin_Jersey-10 .Hockey Day in the Rest of Canada Corner Brook, Nfld., is the host city for Hockey Day in Canada, an annual televised coast-to-coast celebration of our national game. This is the 18th Hockey Day in Canada and, for the 18th consecutive time, the telecast will originate from a location that is not in Quebec. To add insult to injury, the NHL oldest franchise, you could call the Canadiens the Original One, has been relegated to second-citizen status by the folks at Rogers. The game will be televised on Sportsnet, while the main event on CBC Hockey Night in Canada will feature the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs.