BOSTON – The Bruins haven’t lost a game in more than three weeks, but they’ll likely be tested Monday night like they haven’t all month.
The B’s will put their 12-game winning streak on the line Monday night when they welcome the Montreal Canadiens to TD Garden. The Habs, who are 4-1-0 in their last five games, would love nothing more than to end their rivals’ lengthy winning streak in Boston.
Boston will be making yet another lineup change for this battle with their longtime rivals. Torey Krug, who was the healthy scratch Saturday night in Arizona, is back in the lineup. Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter will be the healthy scratches against the Canadiens.
The Habs, meanwhile, will be without Brandon Prust. The veteran winger will be out for the rest of the season after suffering an upper-body injury. Forward Michael Bournival will be making his first NHL appearance since early February as he returns from a concussion. He’ll replace Lars Eller in the Montreal lineup.
Tuukka Rask will start in net for the Bruins, and Peter Budaj gets the start for Montreal.
Here are the projected lines and defense pairs for both clubs for Monday’s game.
Bruins (49-17-5, 103 points)
Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly — Carl Soderberg — Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara — Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski — Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug — Kevan Miller
Canadiens (39-26-7, 85 points)
Max Pacioretty — David Desharnais — Thomas Vanek
Danny Briere — Tomas Plekanec — Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque — Alex Galchenyuk — Brian Gionta
Travis Moen — Michael Bournival — Dale Weise
Douglas Murray — P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin — Andrei Markov
Jarred Tinordi — Francois Bouillon