The Montreal Canadiens lengthy break between series will finally come to an end on Thursday night.
The Habs have been off since one week ago tonight, when they completed a series sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday of last week. The Canadiens, you may recall, began the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Tampa, and stole both games in the sunshine state.
Montreal then returned home, and finished off the Lightning with back to back one goal victories at the Bell Centre. Thanks to the quick series, Montreal will have nine days between games and will be well rested when they open the second round.
These extra few days off may come in handy as the Habs face their most bitter rival, the big, bad Bruins.
Boston plays a very rugged style and could have taken advantage of a tired team, using their strength and size to wear out a weary team. Luckily, the Canadiens will be well rested and ready for perhaps the toughest opponent in the east.
The National Hockey League has confirmed that game one will be held on Thursday night at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Time at the TD Garden in Boston. The rest of the schedule will be released tomorrow, but it has been rumored that game two will be an afternoon game on Saturday to accommodate the Kentucky Derby on NBC Saturday evening.
If so, this will be the third consecutive Saturday that CBC has neglected to schedule the only Canadian team on Hockey Night in Canada. An unusual move as the Canadian network has always strived to air teams from Canada as much as possible in the postseason, but appear to be ignoring the team based in Quebec.
Montreal will enter the season with a healthy lineup aside from sophomore Alex Galchenyuk who is suffering from a lower body injury and may return during the series.