FLAMES (6-4-2) @ CANADIENS (8-2-1)
TV: CITY, RDS
After spending the last week in Western Canada, the Canadiens will begin a rather busy month of November by playing host to the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre on Sunday night.
It will mark the first of 14 games in a 28-day stretch for Michel Therrien’s troops, who bested the Flames 2-1 in a shootout last Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
Carey Price, who was brilliant in the win, will once again get the call between the pipes. It will be Price’s 10th start of the season.
The Canadiens' bench boss will feature the same lineup that went up against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. That means that Jiri Sekac and Michael Bournival will not play against Calgary. Therrien must also decide between Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi, but all indications are that Beaulieu will get the call since Tinordi spent some additional time on the ice following the morning skate.
Therrien did not, however, confirm whether or not he'd be using the new line combinations he tested out late in the game in Vancouver and again at practice on Saturday.
If those line changes are put in place, Alex Galchenyuk could center a line with Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher, while Dale Weise would play alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. Tomas Plekanec would form a trio with Lars Eller and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, and Manny Malhotra would skate with Brandon Prust and Travis Moen.
For their part, the Flames snapped a two-game losing streak by posting a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night. Sean Monahan, Jiri Hudler, T.J. Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau tallied for Bob Hartley’s squad in the win, while Jonas Hiller made 28 saves to register his fourth victory of the season. Hiller will get the call against the Canadiens again on Sunday night.
The Flames have been plagued by injuries thus far this year. Sam Bennett and Joe Colborne are still listed as day-to-day, while Mason Raymond, Matt Stajan and Mikael Backlund were all recently placed on the injured reserve list.
With many of their top guns on the sidelines, the Flames’ back end is leading the charge on offense. Calgary’s rearguards are responsible for 10 of the team’s 30 goals. Defenseman Dennis Wideman has five goals on the year.
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