Game Preview: Canadiens (30-28-5) vs. Ducks (34-19-8)
TV: RDS, SNE 10:00 p.m.
The Habs and Ducks clash for the first time this season, just 24-hours before the Canadiens are set to take on the Kings in Los Angeles.
Mere hours after a busy trade deadline, Michel Therrien’s troops took on the San Jose Sharks in the first leg of their 4-game western road trip. Brendan Gallagher and Torrey Mitchell lit the lamp for the Canadiens in a 6-2 loss to the surging Sharks.
The Anaheim Ducks - presently the NHL’s hottest team – extended their league leading win streak to eight games with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. Corey Perry led the way in the scoring department with a four point night including a hat trick that was capped off in the 3rd period.
John Gibson is expected to get the start between the pipes for the Ducks after picking up victories over the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames last week.
Following Wednesday's practice in Anaheim, the Canadiens confirmed that both Stefan Matteau and Morgan Ellis will suit up and make their team debuts against the Ducks. As a result, Victor Bartley and Mike Brown will sit-out Wednesday night's contest. Meanwhile, rookie Michael McCarron now finds himself on a line completed by Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller.
Between the pipes, Mike Condon is expected to earn his sixth consecutive start after his four-game point streak was snapped on Monday night in San Jose. The rookie goaltender has yet to face the Anaheim Ducks thus far through his NHL career.