Game Three preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

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Game Three preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

Bruins (0-2) vs. Canadiens (2-0)Canadiens lead series 2-0Starting goaliesTim Thomas may very well win another Vezina Trophy in June, but hes being outplayed by Montreals Carey Price. Prices 0.50 goals against average and .985 save percentage lead the league in the playoffs so far, while Thomas lackluster effort in Game 2 prompted some fans and media to call for Tuukka Rask in Game 3. Thats not going to happen according to Joe Haggerty, but Thomas will have to play better than he has so far in order for the Bruins to make this a series again.Previous gamesThe Bruins have trailed from wire-to-wire for just about the entire series, as the Canadiens have jumped ahead with early goals in Games 1 and 2. It may be even harder for them to keep Montreal off of the board early in this one, as the Canadiens will be energized from one of the most raucous buildings in the NHL. The first period of tonights Game 3 will be key.Head-to-headBoston had an outstanding road record this season at 24-12-5, but that success didnt carry over into the Bell Centre, as the Bruins have lost their last four games there (including three this season). The rivals have met in the first round 18 times before, with Montreal winning 14 of them.Whos hot?Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez each have two points in the series for Montreal, but the difference so far has been Price. It would be difficult to label anyone on Boston as hot, as Patrice Bergeron has the teams only goal through the first two games.StorylinesZdeno Chara will likely be back in the lineup for Boston after missing Game 2 with what the team called severe dehydration. His presence and leadership are desperately needed after the Bruins struggled without him, as they try to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole. The last thing the Bruins want to have to address on Tuesday is trying to come from behind from a margin that big, for obvious reasons.

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Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.

Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.

That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.

“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”

In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Krejci-Backes

Schaller-Nash-Beleskey

Spooner-Moore-Hayes

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller


Rask