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Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Ducks

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Game Preview: Canadiens (33-34-6) vs. Ducks (40-22-9)

TV: RDS, SNE 7:30 p.m.

The Habs welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the Bell Centre on Tuesday night for the first time since December 18, 2014.

Though the Canadiens faced a four goal deficit in the third period of Sunday night’s contest against the Calgary Flames, the Bell Centre crowd was sent into a frenzy when big Michael McCarron deflected home his first career NHL goal.

In the Ducks’ camp, Jakob Silfverberg’s 13th goal of the season gave Anaheim a 3-2 overtime victory over the Jets with just under a minute remaining in the extra frame. The Ducks starter for Tuesday night has yet to be confirmed, but Anaheim could turn to netminder Frederik Andersen who is fresh off a 38-save shutout performance against the Boston Bruins on March 18.

Between the pipes, rookie netminder Mike Condon suited up for his 48th game of the season on Sunday night, tying his personal career high for games played in a single season. The 25-year-old will be back between the pipes on Tuesday night in his second career game against Anaheim, as the goaltender kicked aside 33 of the 35 shots he faced in the Habs 3-2 loss to the Ducks on March 2, 2016.

In the injury department, Brendan Gallagher, Daniel Carr and Brian Flynn all skated in full equipment with athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine. In addition, P.K Subban and David Desharnais hit the ice and joined their teammates for practice while sporting light-blue non-contact jerseys. While emergency call-up Joel Hanley remains with the team as P.K. Subban is not expected to suit up for Tuesday night’s match.

The last contest between the two teams required a shootout to settle the score with Jakob Silfverberg scoring the game winning goal.

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