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Daily Primer March 18: Roy returns to Montreal

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Daily Primer March 18: Roy returns to Montreal
He helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1986 and 1993. Now, former goalie Patrick Roy will try to beat the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

He helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1986 and 1993. Now, former goalie Patrick Roy will try to beat the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Roy, now the coach of the Colorado Avalanche, will face the Canadiens as a competitor for the first time since Nov. 6, 2001 when Montreal hosts Colorado (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS, ALT).

"I learned a lot from this franchise," Roy said of the Canadiens on Monday. "It helped me to become the person I am. Not only the person I am, but also the player I was."

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:

Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils -- The Bruins will look to continue their winning ways, having won a season-high nine straight while allowing one or no goals six times over that stretch. Boston extended the win streak Monday in a 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden. After winning once on a three-game road trip, the Devils begin a five-game homestand and close out the regular season with 10 of their final 14 games at Prudential Center. New Jersey enters Tuesday five points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot.

Minnesota Wild at New York Islanders -- Left wing Matt Moulson returns to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time since the Islanders traded him to the Buffalo Sabres in October. Moulson was on the move again at the NHL Trade Deadline, when the Sabres sent him to Minnesota. The Wild opened a three-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday. The Islanders will play the third of a four-game homestand; they earned a 4-1 win against the Sabres on Saturday.

Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins -- Dallas entered MTS Centre on Sunday 3-0-1 in its previous four games and winners of eight of its past 12, allowed six unanswered goals in a 7-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. The Penguins, currently second in the Eastern Conference, will look to get back on the winning track after losing two straight weekend games to the Philadelphia Flyers. Pittsburgh could have forward James Neal (concussion) in the lineup for the first time in a week.

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets -- The Hurricanes continue to struggle with losses in nine of their past 12. Carolina seeks to avoid a three-game losing streak after being defeated by the Edmonton Oilers, 2-1, at PNC Arena on Sunday. The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, are in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference with points in seven of its past eight games (6-1-1). Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is 3-0-1 in his past four starts with a 1.25 goals-against average and 0.958 save percentage.

Colorado Avalanche at Montreal Canadiens -- The Avalanche are coming off a 3-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday in the first of three straight games on the road against Canadian teams. Colorado has a one-point lead on the Chicago Blackhawks for second place in the Central Division standings. Montreal erased a three-goal deficit in the final four minutes of regulation to win 5-4 in overtime against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday and followed that up a day later with a 2-0 on the road against the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens are in a three-way race for the final two guaranteed playoff spots in the Atlantic Division, with one point separating them, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators -- New York came up short for the third time in its past four games in a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. It wasn't for a lack of trying, though; the Rangers fired 41 shots on goal, only to be denied each time by Sharks goalie Antti Niemi. The Senators gave away a three-goal lead with 3:22 remaining in regulation against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and went on to lose in overtime. They then fell behind 3-0 at home Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche before Mika Zibanejad scored with six seconds remaining in the game. Ottawa has lost five of its past six games.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings -- It's the first game between these teams since the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which the Maple Leafs won 3-2 in a shootout at Michigan Stadium. Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said Monday that goalie Jonathan Bernier is day-to-day with a low-grade groin muscle strain, which means James Reimer will likely get the start. The injury-plagued Red Wings are still fighting for a playoff spot. If forwards Todd Bertuzzi (lower body) and Justin Abdelkader (lower body) can't play against Toronto, the Red Wings will be without 11 players. Forward Landon Ferraro was recalled from the American Hockey League on Monday and could make his NHL debut.

Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers -- Chicago center Teuvo Teravainen could soon make his NHL debut. Teravainen, a first-round pick in 2012, has wrapped up his season in Finland's top professional league and could provide the Blackhawks with a late-season boost. Chicago will be without forward Brandon Saad, who sustained an upper-body injury during a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The Flyers are coming off a home-and-home series sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the weekend. Twelve of Philadelphia's final 15 games are against teams that started the week holding a playoff spot.

Buffalo Sabres at Calgary Flames -- This is the start of a five-game road trip for Buffalo, which is looking to snap a six-game losing streak. The lowest-scoring offense in the NHL (1.85 goals per game) has produced five goals during the current skid. Buffalo will be without goalie Jhonas Enroth, who sustained a leg injury during a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. Flames forward Matt Stajan returned to practice Monday after having been away in recent weeks due to the death of his newborn son following childbirth. Forward Kenny Agostino, acquired last season from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Jarome Iginla trade, signed a two-year contract Monday.

Nashville Predators at Edmonton Oilers -- Nashville saw a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday when the Predators lost to the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville now opens a four-game road trip that also features stops against the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks. Edmonton, which is opening a six-game homestand, will play 10 of its final 13 games at Rexall Place. The Oilers are 9-4-3 in their past 16 games.

Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks -- After winning back-to-back home games this weekend, Washington will look to continue its playoff push. The Capitals begin a difficult three-game swing through California on Tuesday; Washington, which is two points shy of postseason position (74 points, ninth place), will face Anaheim, the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks over the course of five days. After a four-game losing streak, the Ducks will be seeking their third straight victory. Forward Kyle Palmieri has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games.

Florida Panthers at San Jose Sharks -- It's the start of a tough stretch for the Panthers, who head west for four games against the top four teams in the Pacific Division. Forward Brandon Pirri, recently acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks, has two goals and three assists in his past four games. Winners of eight of their past 10 games, the Sharks have tied the Anaheim Ducks atop the Pacific Division with 97 points. The Sharks are 21-6-3 against Eastern Conference teams, and Tuesday marks their 12th straight game against Eastern teams (9-1-1).

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres