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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Ducks

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (41-17-5) @ DUCKS (40-17-7)

Coming off the wrong end of a 4-0 shutout result in San Jose on Monday, the Habs will look to get back to their winning ways on Wednesday in Anaheim.

Montreal has not lost two in a row since dropping a pair of games against the Coyotes and Sabres to start the month of February.

Forwards Devante Smith-Pelly and Jiri Sekac, meanwhile, will each face their respective former teammates at the Honda Center for the first time since being traded just over a week ago.

Smith-Pelly has registered eight hits in three games since joining the Habs while Sekac has picked up a pair of assists with the Ducks over that same span.

Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Carey Price, who has a 1-3-1 career record against the Ducks, will get the start in goal on Wednesday.

Therrien also confirmed that newcomers Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn, both acquired from Buffalo on Monday, will make their Habs debuts in Anaheim in place of Manny Malhotra and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau.

On the other end of the rink, goaltender Frederik Andersen made his on-ice return on Tuesday against the Coyotes after missing almost a month of action to injury. The 25-year-old Dane stopped 29 of 30 shots to earn his 50th career win in just 73 games played.

Jakob Silverberg also picked up a goal and two assists in the effort.

Andersen has posted a 30-8-5 record in 2014-15.

Just like the Canadiens, the Ducks also added some depth at the NHL trade deadline, acquiring defensemen Simon Despres, Korbinian Holzer, and James Wisniewski in addition to forward Tomas Fleischmann.

Only Despres and Fleischmann were in uniform on Tuesday, but they should be joined by Holzer and Wisniewski on Wednesday.

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