After arriving home late following Wednesday night’s 4-3 win over the Devils in New Jersey, only a handful of players skated Thursday morning in Brossard, including Ryan White and Francis Bouillon, as the Canadiens prepare to face the Boston Bruins for the first time this season Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). There was no morning media availability.
The Canadiens are 7-0-1 in their last eight games and will be playing their third game in four nights. The Bruins haven’t played since Saturday, when they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1.
The Canadiens (17-9-3) are in third place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins (19-9-1) by two points and the Bruins (18-7-2) by one. The Penguins play host to the San Jose Sharks Thursday night.
“Our focus was on tonight’s game, and now we’re going to have to find some energy for tomorrow,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters after Thursday’s game in New Jersey. “This is a tough part of the schedule for us. The Bruins are fresh because they haven’t played since Saturday. But we’re playing at home and we’re counting on the fans to supply us with some energy.”
Boston coach Claude Julien had this to say about the Canadiens on the Bruins’ website: “Their team has really in the last month stabilized themselves. Defensively, they’re not giving much. They’re right behind us in goals against.”
After Thursday’s game, the Bruins and Canadiens won’t meet again until Jan. 30 in Boston.
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