BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins currently sit atop the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference with 39 points.
Sitting right below them with 38 points? The Montreal Canadiens.
The two teams clash for the first time this season on Thursday night, and both are currently riding hot streaks. The Bruins go for their 11th win in the last 14 games while the Habs are looking for their fifth straight win at home.
Jimmy Murphy of MurphysHockeyLaw.com joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The Adam Jones Show on Wednesday night to preview the first meeting between the Bruins and Canadians, and said Thursday night should be another exciting chapter to this storied rivalry.
“Both of these teams right now are on top of their game,” said Murphy. “From what I’ve seen from afar, (the Bruins) have really found their groove right now and this is going to be two eastern powers coming to a halt. May the best team win.”
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“One thing will be interesting to see, as we always do, is if the Habs get under the Bruins’ skin. If there is one team out there that can do it, it’s always been the Habs.”
The Canadiens topped the New Jersey Devils in a shootout on Wednesday night with Peter Budaj in net, but Boston will have to go up against a red-hot Carey Price. The netminder has won five straight, and brings a 16-8-3 record and 2.55 goals against average in his career against Boston into Thursday night’s game.
Murphy says Price is playing better than he’s ever seen right now.
“Based on what I’ve seen of all the teams and watching a lot of hockey, I think Carey Price is the best goalie in hockey right now, hands down,” said Murphy. “I think he should be the goalie for Hockey Canada, and I don’t think the Canadiens are anywhere close to where they are without him. They’re starting to give him support out front and are being more responsible in their own end. He’s just been unbelievable.”