Season series -- This is the only matchup of the season between the two clubs. The Canadiens and the Coyotes met last year in Phoenix and the Habs came away with a 4-2 win. Montreal was perfect on the power play that night going 2-for-2 and Tomas Plekanec had three assists. Paul Bissonnette and Robert Lang were the Coyotes' goal scorers.
Big story -- The Habs have won three of their last four games, including two over the Ottawa Senators in a span of eight days. While they were shut out by Martin Brodeur and the Devils on Thursday, their own shutout over the Senators vaulted the Blue, Blanc et Rouge into a tie for first place in the Northeast Division.
Coyotes -- The Coyotes were trailing by three goals at the beginning of the third period before they would find their scoring touch. Kyle Turris scored twice and set up Scottie Upshall for another to force overtime, but Phoenix came up short in a 4-3 loss to Carolina on Saturday at Jobing.com Arena.
Despite the comeback, Phoenix struggled, especially in the second period, when they were outshot 13-4. The Coyotes have also struggled on the power play, allowing a shorthanded goal on Saturday and having not had a power-play tally since their opening game in Prague.
"If you would have told me with three minutes left in that game that we'd get a point I would have been jumping up and down," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "But I look at the big picture, and how we're going to be successful as a team. And that wasn't good enough tonight."
Canadiens -- Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice on Saturday and Carey Price made 19 saves for the 3-0 shutout victory at Ottawa. It was Price's first shutout since Nov. 11, 2008, also against the Senators. In fact, the 23-year-old has had three of his five shutouts over Ottawa.
The Canadiens outshot the Senators 34-19 on Saturday and limited the Sens to just four shots in the first and three in the third.
"Our team play was awesome tonight," said Price. "That's one of the best team games I think I've played behind in a while. They shut 'em down. It was a really good team effort out there."
Who's hot -- Kostitsyn has had three goals and an assist in his last three games, while Plekanec ties his linemate, Kostitsyn, for the Canadien's lead in points with six. ... Ed Jovanovski leads the Coyotes in points with five. The defenseman picked up three assists against the Kings on Thursday.
Injury report -- Habs defenseman Andrei Markov is still out following right MCL surgery, but is expected to return in one of the four games remaining in the month of October. Martin Hanzal is on the injured reserve with a lower-body injury, while Shane Doan will be serving his final game of a three-game suspension.
Stat pack -- The Canadiens hold a 10-2-4 record against the Coyotes since they moved the Phoenix.
Puck drop -- "When Andrei plays hard I think we have a really good chemistry between him, [Tomas] Plekanec and [Michael] Cammalleri. I think first of all, last year his fitness level wasn’t up to par. But then he gave us a good stretch between games 20 and 40 before getting injured. This year, I think he’s had a much better start, he’s working harder and he’s driving the net.” -- Montreal coach Jacque Martin on Andrei Kostitsyn