- The Canadiens skated at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Tuesday morning in preparation for their tilt against the Canucks. It will mark the first of three games the Canadiens will play over the next four days in Western Canada.
- Michel Therrien's troops will have a chance to tie an NHL record on Tuesday night if they register their 10th consecutive win to start the season. The feat was previously accomplished by the 1993-94 edition of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres back in 2006-07. While Therrien's contingent might be closing in on history, they insist the contest against Vancouver is just another game on the schedule.
“It would definitely be an accomplishment, but none of us are really thinking about it. We’re just a group of guys that wants to win games,” offered David Desharnais, who will be looking to extend his point streak to three games on Tuesday night. “If we can make history, good for us, but it’s not our top priority.”
- As confirmed on Monday, head coach Michel Therrien will not be featuring any lineup changes against Vancouver. That means that Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi and Paul Byron will all be healthy scratches once again.
The Canadiens’ bench boss isn’t taking anything for granted these days, though, especially with his squad going up against a Canucks team that is still looking for its first home win of the year. With that in mind, Therrien believes that setting the tone early and getting off to a strong start will be key to coming out on top.
“We’ve been paying close attention to the way we start out games. We’ve been doing things well in that department since the beginning of the year. We’re well aware that we’re battling a hungry team. They haven’t managed to win on home ice yet,” stressed Therrien, referencing the Canucks’ 0-2-3 record in their own barn. “For us, the start of the game will be very important in order to dictate the tempo.”
- Carey Price will go up against Ryan Miller in goal. The Canadiens’ netminder boasts a 6-1-2 record in 10 career outings against Vancouver. For his part, Miller has enjoyed his fair share of success against the Canadiens over the years, posting a 26-12-6 record in 44 career appearances.
- Speaking of Price, the reigning Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy, William M. Jennings Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award winner certainly has people across the league talking these days. Earlier in the day, St. Louis Blues bench boss Ken Hitchcock said that Price was playing such good hockey that he’s in players’ heads and it isn’t healthy for the rest of the league because teams like the Canadiens essentially begin games with a one or two-goal advantage.
Given that Therrien has the best seat in the house every night to see Price stymie the opposition, he found his colleague’s comments rather flattering, especially after the Canadiens blanked the Blues just last week at the Bell Centre.
“I think it’s very flattering for Carey. As we already know, he’s a great goaltender. In my mind, I think it’s good for the league, and even more so for the Montreal Canadiens,” mentioned Therrien, who has seen Price go undefeated in seven games during the 2015-16 campaign. “Carey picked up right where he left off last year. He had a huge season, and he came into this year with a lot of confidence. He’s simply been dominant.”
- Puck drop is scheduled for 10 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS and City TV Montreal.
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