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Game preview: Canadiens vs. Stars

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (20-10-4) @ STARS (23-7-2)

The Canadiens kick off an eight game road trip Saturday in Dallas.

The team leaves on the road hoping to put behind it a difficult month of December, during which it only won two games.

Thursday night at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens were shut out for the first time this season by the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Quick, who made forty-five saves on his way to a 3-0 win. Two days earlier, the Sharks beat the Canadiens by a 3 to 1 score.

In an attempt to give a boost to an offense that has scored just 17 goals in its last 10 games, the organization called up forward Michael McCarron from the St. John’s IceCaps. This will be a first time with the big club for the Canadiens’ first round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In his first year of professional hockey, he was in eight position in the scoring race in the American Hockey League before being called up, thanks to 24 points, including 13 goals and 11 assists, in 28 games.

As for the home team, the Dallas Stars have slightly slowed down after an electrifying start to their season, still remain in first place in the National Hockey League.

Thursday night, they lost 3-1 to the Calgary Flames, behind Karri Ramo’s 35 saves. Tyler Seguin, the second leading scorer in the NHL with 17 goals and 25 assists, was held off the scoresheet for only the seventh time in 35 games.

It is still not known who will be in front of the Stars’ net when they dace the Canadiens.

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