Jake Allen will start in goal for Canadiens vs. Bruins

Habs will be looking to end three-game losing streak by beating Bruins for the second time this season.

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The Canadiens will be looking to end a three-game losing streak when they face the Bruins on Saturday in Boston (7 p.m., CBC, SNE, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

Montreal will also be looking for their second straight win over the Bruins after beating them 3-2 in overtime last Saturday at the Bell Centre. That ended a 10-game losing streak for the Canadiens against Boston — nine games in regulation time and one in overtime — dating back to Nov. 5, 2019.

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The Bruins have a 12-1-2 record this season — the best in the Eastern Conference — while the Canadiens are 7-8-2.

Jake Allen will start in goal for the Canadiens, while defenceman Jordan Harris returns to the lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury. Harris will replace Arber Xhekaj, who is listed as day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury in Thursday’s 6-5 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at the Bell Centre.

Allen has a 3-3-1 record with a 3.30 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. In his last start, Allen stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced in a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks last Sunday at the Bell Centre. The last two Vancouver goals were empty-netters.

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The Bruins will honour players from their 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup champion teams during a pregame ceremony Saturday night.

“It’s always a little bit more fun when you come into their building,” the Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher told reporters at the team’s hotel in Boston Saturday afternoon. “It’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere. I believe they’re honouring one of their Stanley Cup teams tonight and the fans are going to bring a lot of atmosphere to the game. It’s always fun when you play the Bruins. Your classic rivalry matchup and I think the guys are really excited for it.”

This is the second of four games between these teams this season. The Canadiens will be back in Boston on Jan. 20 and the Bruins will be at the Bell Centre on March 14.

Gallagher has 9-16-25 totals in 37 career games against the Bruins and scored a goal in last Saturday’s victory at the Bell Centre. Gallagher has 5-3-8 totals this season.

“There’s a lot of history here between the two teams,” Gallagher told reporters in Boston. “I’ve been a part of it now for over a decade. A lot of good memories — some tough memories ‚ but it’s always fun when you come in here and get a chance to compete against one of the best teams in the league.”

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Nick Suzuki leads the Canadiens in scoring with 6-9-15 totals, followed by Cole Caufield (5-10-15), Mike Matheson (4-10-14) and Sean Monahan (6-7-13).

David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in scoring with 11-13-24 totals, followed by Brad Marchand (7-9-16), Charlie Coyle (5-7-12) and Pavel Zacha (5-7-12).

The Canadiens’ dads will be in attendance for the game as part of a father’s trip. They were also at the Bell Centre for Thursday’s loss to the Golden Knights.

“It’s great having the dads here and around,” defenceman Justin Barron told reporters in Boston. “We had a great group dinner last night. It should be an exciting Saturday night in Boston.”

This is the first of five straight road games for the Canadiens. They will return home after Saturday’s game and practise Monday in Brossard before heading to California, where they will play the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (10 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM), the San Jose Sharks on Friday (3:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) and the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (4 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

After returning home from California, the Canadiens will head to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, Nov. 29, before playing the Florida Panthers the next night at the Bell Centre.

“We’re on a stretch right now where we haven’t been collecting points,” Gallagher said. “A chance to go on the road, I think it’s really good for our group to spend some time together. We’re going to play some really good teams. It starts tonight.”

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