CANADIENS (41-16-5) @ SHARKS (30-25-8)
The Canadiens kick off their annual west coast trip on Monday night looking for a first win in San Jose since November 1999.
In 16 visits to Silicon Valley since the NHL expanded to San Jose in 1991, the Canadiens have won just four games on the road against the Sharks.
The timing may be prime to reverse the trend however, as Michel Therrien’s squad arrives in California having won four in a row and sitting first in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the New York Islanders.
Saturday night against the visiting Maple Leafs, Carey Price stopped 30 shots to earn his 36th win – and sixth shutout – of the season. The All-Star netminder should be back in goal on Monday.
David Desharnais also scored a pair of goals on Saturday to hit the 200 career points milestone. The 28-year-old forward has now racked up 38 points (11G-27A-38PTS) in 2014-15.
Therrien has not confirmed whether Habs newcomer Jeff Petry, acquired from Edmonton on Monday morning, will be in uniform against the Sharks. Brian Flynn, meanwhile, will join the team on Tuesday in Anaheim.
On the other end of the ice, the Sharks are going through a tough stretch, posting a 2-7-1 record in their last ten outings including a trio of consecutive losses most recently.
The Sharks are currently fifth in the Pacific Division, five points back of the Minnesota Wild for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. San Jose could miss the postseason for the first time since 2002-03.
Alex Stalock will make his 16th start this season for the home side. The backup netminder has registered a 5-7-1 record with a 2.85 goals against average and 0.899 save percentage.