MONTREAL — Greetings from the Bell Centre, where Tuesday night the Bruins, winners of three in a row, will take on the Canadiens here for a second time this season. Les Glorieux, poking along with a tenuous grip on a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, will be on Causeway Street Sunday evening, right in the thick of a stretch in which the Bruins will suit up 11 times across 18 days.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy will announce his starting lineup following the morning skate, but Patrice Bergeron, a favorite son of La Belle Province, won’t be part of it. Bergy tweaked a lingering groin/core injury in Saturday’s wild comeback back win over the Wild, forcing him to the sideline here and again Wednesday night in Ottawa.
It remains to be seen if the 34-year-old pivot will suit up for the Friday matinee against the Rangers on at TD Garden, what would be his 1,050th career game.
■ Jack Studnicka and Brendan Gaunce, both of whom played their junior hockey in the OHL, were summoned by the Bruins Monday from AHL Providence. One or both could get the call here. Studnicka, the 53rd pick in the 2017 draft, would be making his NHL debut. Gaunce, originally a Vancouver first-rounder (26/2012), signed as an unrestricted free agent in July after stringing together 117 NHL games with the Canucks over four seasons.
■ Carey Price, pulling down a hefty $15 million this season with the Canadiens, should be in net. A fact known only to the Hockey News: ex-Devils tender Keith Kinkaid is Price’s backup. Price, 32, is 10-6-3 this season and with fairly pedestrian numbers, including a .907 save percentage and a 2.89 GAA. His cap hit through 2025-26: $10.5 million.
■ Jaro Halak, ailing and unable to answer the bell for his scheduled start last Saturday, will tend the net for the Bruins. Originally a Habs draft pick (271/2003), he was dished to the Blues in June 2010 after partnering in a 50/50 job share with Price in 2009-10. Halak this season: 8-4-1, .924, and 2.57, allowing Cassidy the comfort of spotting him into any start and affording Tuukka Rask the opportunity not to get chewed up over the 82-game regular season.
■ With Bergeron hors de combat, David Krejci will pivot the top trio, between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, who have combined for a whopping 36 goals in the first 23 games. As of Tuesday morn, Pastrnak led the league with 20 strikes, followed by Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (18). Marchand, named Monday as the NHL Player of the Week, slotted in at No. 3, tied with Auston Matthews (Toronto) and Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton) at 16.
■ It’s a good bet that ex-Maine forward Todd Studnicka will be in the stands here in hopes of seeing son Jack’s NHL debut. Todd played four seasons for Sean Walsh’s Black Bears and for two of those seasons was joined on the roster by Bob Beers, who’ll also be here alongside Judd Sirott in the 98.5 Sports Hub radio booth.
■ The two players the Habs picked up from St Louis in the June 2010 swap that sent Halak to the Blues: Ian Schultz and Lars Eller. Schultz never made it to the show. Eller wears a Cup ring with the Capitals.