Bruins - Canadiens preview - 05-01-14

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Bruins vs. Canadiens

Bruins Leading Posteason Scorers: Patrice Bergeron (right) and Torey Krug, 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) each.

Canadiens Leading Postseason Scorer: Brendan Gallagher, 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists).

Bruins Expected Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask, 4-1, 1.16 GAA, .961 SV%.

Canadiens Expected Starting Goaltender: Carey Price, 4-0, 2.33 GAA, .904 SV%.

Bruins Postseason Statistics

Canadiens Postseason Statistics

Bruins Injuries: Center Chris Kelly (back) and left winger Daniel Paille (head) are questionable. Defensemen Adam McQuaid (quadriceps), Dennis Seidenberg (knee) and center Marc Savard (concussion) are on injured reserve.

Canadiens Injuries: Left winger Travis Moen (concussion) is probable. Center Alex Galchenyuk ("lower body") is out.

Bruins with Stanley Cup bling: Patrice Bergeron, C; Johnny Boychuk, D; Gregory Campbell, C; Zdeno Chara, D; Chris Kelly, C; David Krejci, C; Milan Lucic, LW; Brad Marchand, LW; Adam McQuaid, D; Daniel Paille, LW; Tuukka Rask, G; Marc Savard, C; Dennis Seidenberg, D; Shawn Thornton .

Canadiens with Stanley Cup bling: Brian Gionta (below), RW; Travis Moen, LW; George Parros, RW.

Something worthwhile about the Bruins: The Bruins have the best goals against average in the postseason at 1.40.

Something worthwhile about the Canadiens: The Canadiens lead the postseason scoring average in scoring with 4 goals per game.

Something useless about the Bruins that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Defenseman Raymond Bourque holds the Bruins' postseason record for most shots in a period. He recorded nine in the third period of a 4-2 home loss in Game 1 of a preliminary round series against the Penguins.

Something useless about the Canadiens that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins goaltender Denis Herron (1980) and Jocely Thibault (1996) share the Canadiens' postseason record for consecutive home losses with three.

Former Penguins on the Bruins: Jarome Iginla, RW; Chad Johnson, G (Johnson is a former Penguins prospect who never played for the organization); Corey Potter, D.

Former Penguins on the Canadiens: Marc Bergevin, general manager; Jean-Jacques Daigneault, assistant coach; Douglas Murray, D; Michel Therrien, head coach..

Who needs to be the difference for the Bruins: Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Torrey Krug, Johnny Boychuk, etc. The Bruins' deep and rugged defense needs to find a way to limit the Canadiens crew of fleet and talented forwards.

Who needs to be the difference for the Canadiens: Carey Price. While the Canadiens swept the Lightning in the first round, Price wasn't exactly airtight and allowed a few questionable goals. The Bruins will make him pay for any soft goals.

Best Bruins YouTube Video We Could Find: Bruins defenseman Brad Park's overtime goal in a 3-2 win against the Sabres in Game 7 of a 1983 Adams Division final series:

Best Canadiens YouTube Video We Could Find: Canadiens left winger Yvon Lambert's overtime goal in a 5-4 win against the bruins in game 7 of a 1979 semifinal series:

EN Prediction: An intense history, particularly in recent years, will have an impact on this series. The Canadiens have a knack for knocking the Bruins off their game through agitation. If the Bruins can keep their cool easier said than done against this opponent, they will advance to yet another Eastern Conference Final. Bruins 4-3.

(Photos: Mike Carlson/Getty Imagesand Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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