The Bruins won two of their six matchups with Montreal this season, earning two statement wins over their Northeast Division rival in the comfort of their home arena. The B's will need to utilize home ice in the upcoming playoff series if they want to gain a crucial early edge over the Canadiens.
The B's open their playoff series with the Canadiens on Thursday, playing two games at TD Garden before heading up north for two games at the Bell Centre. NESN Bruins' analyst Andy Brickley stopped in during Monday's edition of NESN Daily and said that there is plenty of pressure riding on Boston to take those two early home games before they travel to Montreal.
"There's a lot of pressure," Brick said. "You want to win every time you put your skates on and play in your own building, as difficult as that will be."
Brick also noted how much he's looking forward to the matchup with the Original Six rival. No matter how many times these two teams have met up in the postseason, it's always an exciting series. This year should be no different, as there have been plenty of storylines between these teams this year.
"I think it's great that the Bruins are playing the Canadiens in the playoffs," Brickley said. "I think it's something that should happen almost every year."
To hear more from Brickley and the players on the upcoming series, check out the video above from NESN Daily.