Montreal Canadiens hope to spark playoff run against divisional rivals

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The Montreal Canadiens snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes and will now look to climb up the Eastern conference standings.

They will travel to the Boston Bruins to renew an Atlantic division rivalry which has been very even in the past few meetings.

14 of the past 16 games between these teams have been decided by one goal and with both teams riding high in the conference, the matchup will be as hotly contested as ever.

The Bruins have won their last four games to cement their place as the second best team in the East before the Olympic break.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien is excited for the rivalry, "We've had a natural rivalry with the Bruins over the years and over the decades,"

"They are always games that are exciting to play, and there's no doubt the way we played [Tuesday] helped our team's confidence to play this game."

Montreal however will need an increase in effectiveness from their offense. They are 29th in the league in 5-on-5 goals and their powerplay unit have scored three times in 33 attempts.

Bruins forward Milan Lucic on the other hand, believes that his team have no downfalls. "We've always had success by having different guys stepping up at different times. Our team play is what has given us the most success."

The Canadiens are missing defenseman Davis Drewiske (shoulder), forwards Alex Galchenyuk (hand) and Ryan White (upper body). The Bruins are without defensemen Dennis Seidenberg (knee, out for season) and Adam McQuaid (lower body).

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