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Habs-Bruins game two goes at 7 tonight. No lineup changes expect for Les Canadiens, who stifled the Bruins offence in a 2-0 win on Thursday night.

As I see it, three keys for tonight’s game:

1. Crashing the net - this goes for both teams, but moreso for Boston. undoubtedly they will play a physical game and try as hard as possible to make Carey Price’s life difficult. Perhaps more important: how do the Habs respond? If the Canadiens push back, get into scuffles, and go right back at Boston, they’re playing the Bruins game. If Montreal does that, they lose. However, if the Canadiens remain cool, calm, approach the game their way, stick to the system and remain disciplined, I think we’ll see a 2-0 series lead for Montreal.

2. Milan Lucic - Lucic was simply off his game on Thursday night. If he’s back to his usual Cam Neely-esque self, it will spell trouble for Montreal. The Habs don’t have a forward of keeping Lucic in check. If the Habs are lucky, he’ll look distracted again, but my money is on Mr. Lucic being pretty fired up - especially after his third period giveaway on Thursday.

3. PK Subban - no Hab is better at getting under the skin of the Boston Bruins. Additionally, the Habs have a distinct advantage on the power play, a much stronger unit than Boston’s of late. If Subban continues to goad the Bruins into taking penalties, Montreal gains a big advantage here.

Oh, and yes, the goalies are obviously key, but that seems a bit obvious. If Price is as stingy in game two, then Boston is toast. If Thomas gives up an early goal, that’ll spell big trouble for Boston. And lest we forget Price has a big of a temper - can the Bruins rattle him and get him off his game with physical play?

Game one was great. Game two should be just as good.

Prediction: Habs remain calm and collected and take this one 3-2.

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MarkK's avatar

I’m sure Chara will play, but he might be an extra step off his game; he might have to take a little more off of his devestating shot.

I think Chara could be the x-factor to your three keys. Just like Lucic, whether he shows up listelss or fired up (and the rest of the B’s feed off of that) could tell us early what kind of game it’s going to be.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 04/16/11 at 12:18 PM ET

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