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Canadiens Vs. Bruins: Boston Battles Montreal For Northeast Division Lead

A pair of long-time rivals meet Wednesday night at the TD Garden when the Boston Bruins continue their four-game homestand by hosting the Montreal Canadiens. Boston (30-16-7) has a slight lead over Montreal in the Northeast Division (30-19-5), but with a win, the Canadiens would pass the Bruins for first place in the division with 67 points, and third place in the Eastern Conference. 

The Matchup:

Montreal is 12-12-1 on the road, which is about what you'd expect, while the Bruins are 14-10-3 at home (Boston is actually a much better road team this season). 

The Stats:

Boston scores more per game, with 3.02 goals compared to Montreal's 2.54. Boston also lets less in, at a 2.15 GAA and Montreal a 2.41.

32.57 Shots on Goal Per Game 33.89
30.07 Shots Against Per Game 33.53
11.98 Penalty Minutes Per Game 13.81
35 Power Play Goals 31
18.2% Power Play % 16.8%
33 Power Play Goals Allowed 26
84.7% Penalty Kill % 84.6%
3 Shorthanded Goals 7
3 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 4

The Injuries:

Marc Savard is on LTIR for the rest of the season due to post concussion syndrome. Daniel Paille will miss his second of a four game suspension due to a hit to the head of Dallas' Ray Sawada. And Patrice Bergeron is probable after taking a puck to the chin in practice yesterday,

Micheal Cammalleri will miss the game for Montreal due to a shoulder injury, and James Wisniewski is day-to-day with the flu.