CANADIENS (9-0-0) @ CANUCKS (3-2-3)
TV: RDS, CITY – 10:00 pm.
Still unbeaten in 2015-2016, the Habs begin a three game road trip across Western Canada Thursday night in Vancouver.
Michel Therrien’s troops, who arrived in BC on Sunday, will attempt to achieve a feat that has only been replicated twice in NHL history – by the Buffalo Sabres (2006-2007) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (1993-1994) – winning a tenth consecutive game to start a season.
The head coach will stick with his winning lineup, as he has done since the start of the regular season. As such, Paul Byron, Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn will sit out Tuesday night’s matchup.
Carey Price, who has a 1.29 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.961 will get the start in net. The native of Anahim Lake, British Colombia has a career record of 6-1-2 against the Canucks.
Tomas Plekanec, who has 10 points (5 G – 5 A) to his credit since the start of the season, will try to extend his point streak to six games.
Tuesday night’s game marks the return of Brandon Prust, who will face his former team for the first time since being traded to the Canucks last summer. The Canadiens’ former number 8, has three assists in eight games thus far in a Canucks jersey.
In the visitor’s camp, Vancouver will attempt to get their first home win this season. Though the Canucks have played their last four games at home, the team suffered defeats in all four games, including two overtime losses.
In their most recent contest Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, the Canucks let a two-goal lead in the third period slip away, before Gustav Nyquist netted the eventual overtime winner.
Last season, Montreal and Vancouver split the season series, winning one game apiece.