Need to Know: Bruins vs. Canadiens
MONTREAL: The Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens are gearing up for their first matchup of the season in an Original Six showdown at the Bell Centre.
Charlie Checks In:
- Charlie McAvoy returns to the lineup-changes-for-showdown-with-san-jose-sharks/” title=”Carolina Hurricanes Make Lineup Changes for Showdown with San Jose Sharks”>lineup tonight after serving a four-game suspension. This will be his first game back since October 30th. Head coach Jim Montgomery expressed his excitement about having McAvoy back, stating, “Anytime you can add an elite defenseman like Charlie to your lineup, it improves your offensive and defensive capabilities. He’s a big presence on the ice and a valuable asset for our team.”
- McAvoy will be paired with Mason Lohrei on the top defensive pairing, while Brandon Carlo and Hampus Lindholm will reunite on the second pairing. Derek Forbort and Ian Mitchell will form the third pairing, with Kevin Shattenkirk being left out of the lineup.
- Jakub Lauko is expected to make his return to the lineup tonight after recovering from facial fractures sustained in a previous game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 24th.
- Jeremy Swayman will start in goal, aiming to maintain his perfect 6-0-0 record.
Montgomery spoke with the media at the Bell Centre, expressing his optimism about the team’s lineup and the upcoming game.
- This is the Bruins’ first visit to Montreal this season. Forward Brad Marchand acknowledged the competitive nature of games between the two teams, stating, “They’re always a very competitive team, and the energy is always high when we face each other. We’re expecting a tough game tonight. They have a lot of young and exciting talents, and their organization always puts on a great display of skill.”
- The Canadiens are coming off an overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings, improving their record to 6-5-2.
- Cole Caulfield leads the Canadiens with five goals and eight assists, totaling 13 points.
- The Canadiens will visit Boston on Saturday, November 18th.
Marchand also spoke with the media in Montreal, sharing his thoughts on the upcoming game.
Saturday’s Projected Lineup
- Brad Marchand – Pavel Zacha – David Pastrnak
- James van Riemsdyk – Charlie Coyle – Trent Frederic
- Danton Heinen – Matt Poitras – Jake DeBrusk
- Jakub Lauko – Johnny Beecher – Oskar Steen
- Mason Lohrei – Charlie McAvoy
- Hampus Lindholm – Brandon Carlo
- Derek Forbort – Ian Mitchell
- Jeremy Swayman
- Linus Ullmark