By this time, there are probably few, if any, secrets between the Canadiens and the Bruins. The video has been studied, the styles of play each team employs have been well chewed-over by the media, fans and, especially, the clubs themselves. The emotions inside each room will be raised and guarded at the same time. The game plans will have been drawn up and reviewed. It now comes down to execution and effort.
The Canadiens-Bruins rivalry is more enduring than any other for either team. For Habs fans, the Nordiques are gone and this time of year the Maple Leafs have recently been irrelevant. For B’s fans, their team has vanquished the Rangers more often, so the feelings are less raw. And while they’ve suffered some bitter losses at the hands of the Flyers, the Canadiens have most often been their ruination.
While Habs fans view the Bruins as thugs, fans of the Bruins view the Canadiens as divers and cheapshot artists.
Here’s video from NESN which aired last night which features Pat Hickey of The Gazette speaking with former Bruin Lyndon Byers (wearning a sports jacket that you should not miss) about the series.
Here’s how the B’s will likely line up.
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley-Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Canadiens coach Jacques Martin will probably want to get the pairing of Hal Gill and P.K. Subban out against the Krejci line and use the Roman Hamrlik-Jaroslav Spacek duo against the Bergeron line.