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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

NHL : Bruins-Canadiens in Hockey's Top Rivalry

Of all the rivalries in the NHL, none has burned brighter for longer than the feud between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. They'll renew hostilities this Wednesday night (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN) at the Bell Centre; Montreal already has a pair of 4-2 victories over the Bruins this year, home and away.

It'll be a significantly weakened Habs club this time around. League MVP Carey Price (lower body) remains out indefinitely between the pipes, and Montreal has been missing right wing Brendan Gallagher (hand) for an extended period. On Monday, Montreal placed left wing Alexander Semin on waivers. Despite these absences, the Canadiens are still in first place in the Eastern Conference at 19-6-3.

The Bruins (14-9-3) have had an up-and-down season thus far, and they're currently in a bit of a slump, losing three of their last four games. However, Tuukka Rask (.906 save percentage) has started to turn things around after a very slow start in net. His last appearance was Saturday's 4-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks (–120 at home), in which Rask made 17 saves for the victory. That's four wins for the Finnish netminder in his last six starts.

NHL : Bruins-Canadiens in Hockey's Top Rivalry

NHL Odds: Habs Host Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry
The greatest rivalry in the NHL continues this Wednesday (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN) when the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins. This will be their third meeting of the 2015-2016 regular season; Montreal won the first two games, each by a final score of 4-2.

Carey Price (lower body) won't be in net for the Habs on Wednesday. The reigning Hart Trophy winner is expected to miss another month with a knee injury. His Boston counterpart, Tukkaa Rask (.906 save percentage), has won four of his last six games after a slow start.

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