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Game Day - Blues - October 20

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning ahead of their tilt against the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre. The Habs will be looking to secure their seventh straight victory to start the year.

- Still dealing with concussion-like symptoms, Michael Bournival hit the ice prior to the start of the morning skate accompanied by athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine. Bournival is steadily making his way back to active duty, having skated a few times over the last couple of weeks. You’ll recall that Bournival missed training camp in September due to the injury.

- Head coach Michel Therrien did not meet the media following the morning skate. On Monday, however, the Canadiens’ bench boss confirmed that the Canadiens would not be featuring any lineup changes against the Blues. That means that forward Paul Byron, and defensemen Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi, will once again be healthy scratches.

- Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens against St. Louis. The NHL’s First Star of the Week boasts a 3-3-2 record in eight career starts against Ken Hitchcock’s squad, in addition to a 2.68 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. His counterpart on Tuesday night, Jake Allen, has a record of 0-2-0, a 4.51 goals-against average, and a .830 save percentage against the Canadiens.

- The Canadiens might be the league’s only undefeated team, but it’s safe to say the Blues are off to a hot start to the season, too. St. Louis has a 5-1-0 record on the year, and they’re currently on a four-game winning streak during which they’ve scored four goals each game. For his part, Blues star forward Vladimir Tarasenko was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week after registering three goals and six points in four games, in addition to amassing a plus-6 differential.

“If you give him space, he’s going to make plays. He’s got a great shot. We’ve seen a lot of guys like him. We know that we just have to deny him time and space,” explained Jeff Petry, referencing Tarasenko's remarkable skill set which has him tied with Henrik Zetterberg and David Krejci for the league lead in points. “St. Louis is a team that plays a very physical game. They’ve got big guys up front. We have to do good work when they send the puck deep. We have to make the play quickly and get our forwards going up ice as fast as possible. Tonight, we’re really going to have to use our speed.”

- On Tuesday night, Scott Gomez will be playing his second game in his former hockey home since the Canadiens bought out his contract back in 2012. This time around, the veteran of 1,047 NHL games, will be sporting a Blues jersey. He centered a line with Scottie Upshall and Dmitrij Jaskin at the morning skate. Even if Gomez will be suiting up for the opposition, Canadiens vets still have plenty of good things to say about the 35-year-old Anchorage, AK native.

“He’s a guy who had a big influence on me, not only as a centerman, but especially as a professional athlete. He taught me how to be a professional hockey player and how to act. He was a big inspiration for me and he helped me a lot,” explained Lars Eller, who was Gomez's teammate for two seasons in Montreal. “I think a lot of guys in this locker room can say the same thing. It’s always a little bit weird to play against him, especially since he was a teammate and we were close. I wish him all the best in his career, but that’s not a reason to take it easy on him tonight at all.”

- Tuesday night’s tilt will mark the 200th NHL game of Alex Galchenyuk’s career. The Milwaukee, WI native has one goal and five points through six games this season. He’s put up 43 goals and 109 points in his 199 previous outings with the CH dating back to the 2012-13 campaign.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. Please note that due to coverage of the MLB Playoffs, the start of the Canadiens game will be broadcast on RDS2 in French, while the rest of the game can be seen on RDS. English coverage is available on City TV Montreal.

Lines and D pairings at the morning skate:



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