The Boston Bruins kick off a busy four-game stretch over the next six days with an important Original Six against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night at TD Garden.
The B’s currently sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, holding a three-point advantage over the fourth-place Canadiens with a game in hand. A win could tie the Bruins with the Maple Leafs for second place should Toronto lose to Colorado Avalanche on Monday.
This will make the Bruins’ final regular-season matchup against the Canadiens. Boston is 2-1 against Montreal this season, last taking a 4-0 win on Dec. 17. The Bruins took both games in Montreal.
The B’s are expected to roll out the same lines that helped them to a 3-2 win over the Leafs in Toronto on Saturday.
Tuukka Rask will be in net for the Bruins and will be countered by Carey Price.
Here are the projected lines and defense pairings for Monday night’s Bruins-Canadiens game.
BOSTON BRUINS (26-15-4)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk–David Krejci–David Backes
Danton Heinen–Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson–Ryan Donato
Sean Kuraly –Noel Acciari– Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara–Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug–Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk–Kevan Miller
MONTREAL CANADIENS (24-17-5)
Jonathan Drouin–Phillip Danault–Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen–Maxi Domi–Joel Armia
Tomas Tatar–Jesperi Kotkaniemi–Paul Byron
Kenny Agostino–Michael Chaput–Nicolas Deslauriers
Victor Mete–Shea Weber
Mike Reilly–Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak–Jordie Benn
Thumbnail photo via Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports Images