Canadiens at Bruins: Five Things You Need to Know

Montreal is 0-2-1 in its last three games and hasn’t played since New Year’s Day. Boston has won five of six since the Christmas break.

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Here are five things to know about the Canadiens-Bruins game at TD Garden on Wednesday (7 pm, SN, RDS, TSN-690 Radio, 98.5 FM) .

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The pairing: This game, the second of four between these Atlantic Division rivals, was originally scheduled for the Bell Center but was moved to the TD Garden after the Quebec government severely limited attendance due to COVID. The Bruins won 5-2 in the first series game of the season on November 14 when Charlie Coyle and Charlie McAvoy each scored twice. The Canadiens are winless in their last three games (0-2-1) and haven’t played since losing 5-2 in Florida on New Year’s Day. The Bruins are coming off an impressive 7-3 victory over Washington on Monday night and have won five of their six games since the Christmas break.

Allen returns in goal: Coach Dominique Ducharme said Tuesday that we won’t see goaltender Carey Price on the Canadiens’ seven-game road trip, but Jake Allen has recovered from his bout with COVID and will make his first appearance since Dec. 14. Allen, who has played more than anyone expected in Price’s absence, is 5-15-2 with a 3.12 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. Sam Montembeault is No. 2 on the depth chart, but the Canadiens said Cayden Primeau, who has been isolating at home in New Jersey following a positive COVID test, has been added to the taxi crew and can expect him to see something. of action. In this travel.

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Rask takes the hometown discount: Goalie Tuukka Rask is back with the Bruins. The Finnish goalkeeper, who underwent hip surgery in June, signed a one-year, million-dollar contract on Tuesday.
Once the contract is prorated, Rask will receive $545,000 before taxes, escrow and other deductions. That’s a huge local discount for Rask, who had a salary cap of $7 million last season. Rask, who has been training at the Bruins’ training facility, was an unrestricted free agent but made it clear he would only play for the Bruins. He will replace Linus Ullmark, and rookie Jeremy Swayman will finally get a ticket to the AHL.

Returning to normal: After relying on the help of the AHL Laval Rocket to fill in the holes created first by injuries and then by a COVID outbreak, the Canadians are beginning to resemble an NHL team. Mike Hoffman and Christian Dvorak will fill the top six spots in Boston and Tyler Toffoli and Josh Anderson should be playing next week. Toffoli is the second-highest scorer on the team with 17 points, two behind Nick Suzuki, despite missing eight games. Anderson is tied with Suzuki for the scoring lead, with seven in nine fewer games. The returning players should help fuel an offense that ranks last in the NHL with 2.12 goals per game and the power play, which is worst in the league with an 11 percent success rate.

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