Montreal Canadiens Look To Stay Perfect Against Boston Bruins

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Jan 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) and left wing Max Pacioretty (67) celebrate a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens return home from a tough four game road trip to the west coast tonight, when they host the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.

Montreal struggled to a 1-3-0 record on their trip, falling to the Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, while defeating the Anaheim Ducks.

Jan 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) shoots the puck against Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30) as defenseman Andrei Markov (79) chases during the third period at TD Banknorth Garden. The Montreal Canadiens won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Habs look to get things back on track against their fiercest rival tonight, but will still be missing the services of number one goaltender Carey Price. Price has not played for the Canadiens since before the Olympic break, and though he returned to practice yesterday, he is not yet ready to start tonight.

The Canadiens are more comfortable on home ice, with a 3-0-1 record in their past four in Montreal and are 18-10-5 as the host team this year.

The Bruins are a solid road team with a 17-10-3 record away from home this year, including 7-0-3 in the past ten road games.

The pair of rivals have met twice already this season with the Canadiens coming away with both wins. The Habs downed the Bruins 2-1 in the first meeting before invading Boston with a 4-1 victory in January.

The Bruins are currently running away with the Atlantic Division, having collected 89 points in the standings. This gives Boston a 12 point cushion over the Canadiens, who have a chance to jump back over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic tonight.

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