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Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Blackhawks

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BLACKHAWKS (6-5-1) @ CANADIENS (8-3-1)



TV: SNE, RDS

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Sportsnet East and RDS.

After being bested 6-2 by the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, the Canadiens will have a chance to redeem themselves when they go up against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks find themselves in a similar situation to the Canadiens, having won just one of their last four games, and dropped their last two outings to the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

For their part, the Canadiens will also be trying to get back on track following a pair of tough games.

During his post-practice press conference on Monday, Michel Therrien confirmed that Alex Galchenyuk would return to playing wing after spending a few minutes playing center against the Flames. He lined up alongside Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec at practice.

The Canadiens bench boss then confirmed on Tuesday that Michael Bournival will make his 2014-15 debut against the Blackhawks in place of Travis Moen, who will join Jiri Sekac and Jarred Tinordi in the press box.

While the Canadiens haven’t yet revealed their starting netminder, Carey Price should be between the pipes on Tuesday night. Dustin Tokarski could get the call on Wednesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Blackhawks haven’t lived up to expectations early on this season, winning just six of their first 12 games. That’s a disappointing start for a team that won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013.

Just like Montreal, Chicago has had their fair share of difficulty lighting the lamp. In 12 games, Joel Quenneville’s contingent has scored 27 goals, 11 of which came during a two-game span against Buffalo (6-2) and Toronto (5-4). The Blackhawks currently rank 25th in the league in goals per game. That’s just behind the Canadiens.

On Sunday night, the 'Hawks were unable to score in a 1-0 loss against Winnipeg. Michael Hutchinson made 33 saves for the Jets. One night earlier, Chicago dropped a decision in Toronto as James Reimer turned aside 45 shots to pick up the win.

After being sidelined for a few games due to dizziness, Corey Crawford is back in the lineup. He took part in both of those games, but it’s not yet known whether or not he’ll get the start in goal in Montreal.

Last Thursday, Marian Hossa became the 80th player in NHL history to hit the 1,000-point mark for his career. The 35-year-old accomplished the feat in 1,101 games. He has five points this season.

Both meetings between the two teams last season were decided in overtime. The Canadiens earned a 2-1 home win in January in Montreal, before the Blackhawks picked up a 3-2 victory in Chicago in April.

The Canadiens hold an all-time record of 303-150-103-1 against the Blackhawks.

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