Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/17/14
8 a.m. ET: The Bruins and Canadiens (finally) renew their rivalry on Wednesday night when the B’s head north to take on the Habs for the first time in this shortened season. It’s a bit surprising that we had to wait this long, perhaps, but after eight games, the Bruins tangle with the Canadiens for the first time in 2013. It’s a rather important game, as all divisional games are, but this one takes on added importance given Montreal’s fast start. The Habs, under new (sort of) head coach Michel Therien have surpassed expectations thus far. They enter Wednesday night’s game with the Bruins just a point back in the Northeast Division, winners of two in a row. That start is even more impressive when you consider they’ve done it for the most part without P.K. Subban. The Habs signed the restricted free agent last week to a new two-year deal, and the defenseman is now back in the fold. It’s likely going to be a special teams battle on Wednesday night in Montreal. The Bruins have the No. 2 penalty kill (just 0.3 percent below top-ranked) Chicago, while Montreal comes in with a top-10 power play that has already scored 11 power-play goals. The Habs are likely to get those chances, too, as they’ve been handed a league-high 34 power plays at home. Complicating matters for the Bruins is their injury situation. They will be without one of their best penalty killers yet again, as Daniel Paille won’t make the trip to Montreal. He’ll miss his second game in a row with an upper-body injury after taking a stick up high last Thursday against Buffalo. That will shift responsibilities of penalty killers, of course. The Bruins will have to hope that Brad Marchand, who returned to practice Tuesday, will be able to go on Wednesday night. Shawn Thornton is expected to miss the game as well. He didn’t travel with the team and remains out with a concussion. Puck drop at Bell Centre is scheduled for 7 p.m. Be sure to check in for updates throughout the day and join us for all of the B’s-Habs action in the latest chapter of the game’s best rivalry.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Peyton Manning sets NFL touchdown passing record

Report: CJ Spiller suffers broken collarbone

DeMarco Murray sets record with another 100-yard game

Report: Things got 'ugly' in Bears' locker room after loss

Redskins bench Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy

Rams beat Seahawks thanks to gutsy fake punt call

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brian Kelly unloads on officials for pass interference call

Brett Favre: I got calls about playing last season

Joseph Randle partners with underwear company after arrest

Report: Seahawks asked about Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron

Florida fans chant for Will Muschamp to be fired

Gennady Golovkin scores second-round knockout win

10 takeaways from NFL Week 7

Video: Alec Burks breaks Kobe Bryant's ankles

WATCH: Sean Payton has tense exchange with reporter

Darnell Dockett mocks Raiders fans with whiteboard

WATCH: Tony Romo nearly runs over Alex Rodriguez

WATCH: Prince Amukamara pulls Dwayne Harris' hair

What was the meaning behind Doug Baldwin's TD celebration?

Luke Kuechly ejected after questionable call

WATCH: Giovanni Bernard gets leveled by Vontae Davis

WATCH: Rams run awesome trick play for punt return TD

Kyle Orton shaves his epic mustache

Florida State beats Notre Dame 31-27 in thriller

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Favre: I got calls about playing last season

10 takeaways from NFL Week 7

Report: Marshall calls out Jay Cutler

Darnell Dockett mocks Raiders fans

Brian Kelly unloads on officials

WATCH: Rams run punt return trick play for TD

Joseph Randle now an underwear spokesman?

Ex-Trojans RB escorted out after USC game

FSU tops Notre Dame in thriller

Fans chant for Muschamp's head

Popovich zings Suns owner

Golden Tate reacts to Percy Harvin trade

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.