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Game Preview: Canadiens vs Flyers

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (22-15-3) @ FLYERS (15-15-7)

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

The Canadiens’ eight-game road trip concludes Tuesday night in Philadelphia, where they will face off against the Flyers.

Returning to action for the first time since January 1, 2016 in Foxboro, the Canadiens will look to keep the momentum going from their big 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in the Winter Classic.

David Desharnais, Paul Byron (2), Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty combined to light the lamp five times for the Habs, while Mike Condon turned aside 27 of the 28 shots he faced to get his hands on his 11th victory of the season.

The Winter Classic also saw Gallagher make his return to the lineup after missing six weeks of action due to an injury suffered on November 22. The Habs’ tenacious forward ended his day with two points and a plus-1 differential in 18:12 minutes of ice time.

For their part, the Flyers will try to halt their current slide, after suffering defeats in each of their last three games. In their most recent outing on Saturday, Dave Hakstol’s troops mounted a third period comeback but ultimately fell short by the score of 2-1. Brayden Schenn scored the Flyers’ lone goal while Michal Neuvirth was beaten twice on 32 shots directed on goal by the Kings.

Following the announcement that Dale Weise will miss the next two-three weeks, the Habs recalled Sven Andrighetto from the St. John's IceCaps to fill the void.  At Monday’s practice in Brossard, Andrighetto alternated with Devante Smith-Pelly on a trio completed by David Desharnais and Tomas Fleischmann. Smith-Pelly is expected to suit up for the Canadiens on Tuesday night against the Flyers, and will play on the line with Desharnais and Fleischmann.

Therrien did confirm that Ben Scrivens would get his second start for the Canadiens since being acquired from the Oilers last week. In his first career start with the team on December 29, the netminder played a very strong game making 27 saves on 30 shots in a loss to the Florida Panthers. In three career games against the Flyers, Scrivens has a 2-0-0 record with a goals against average of 2.65 and save percentage of 0.921.

Michal Neuvirth – who will get the start between the pipes for the Flyers – has a record of 5-4-1 in 11 career games against the Canadiens.

Playing in front of the Philadelphia faithful for first time since Dec. 21, the Flyers will look to continue their success on home ice this season, as the team’s 8-5-4 record at the Wells Fargo Center this season is in sharp contrast to their 7-10-3 record on the road.

The Flyers might hold the home ice advantage, but the Canadiens walked away victorious in their only trip to the City of Brotherly Love last season.

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