Game Preview: Canadiens (30-30-6) vs. Stars (40-20-7)
TV: RDS, SNE 7:30 p.m.
The Canadiens get back on home ice on Tuesday night, when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Bell Centre.
On Saturday night in Winnipeg, another two-goal performance by Alex Galchenyuk evened the score at 2-2 in the third period, before the Jets eventually went on to a 4-2 victory thanks to a hat-trick from Mark Scheifele.
In the Stars camp, Lindy Ruff’s troops closed out last week with back-to-back victories over the Devils and Senators to maintain hold of the third seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. Seeing as netminder Kari Lehtonen guided his team to both wins over Ottawa and New Jersey, the 32-year-old is likely to be back between the pipes on Tuesday night in Montreal.
The Canadiens confirmed that netminder Ben Scrivens will get the nod against the Stars after Mike Condon kicked aside 26 of the 29 shots he faced in Saturday night’s loss to the Jets. Moreover, the club also announced that recently acquired Stefan Matteau will make his Bell Centre debut on Tuesday night.
In the injury department, Brendan Gallagher will not suit up on Tuesday night after suffering a lower-body injury in the Canadiens last game against Winnipeg on Saturday. In addition, the team confirmed that Alex Galchenyuk will indeed be in the lineup while Lars Eller (upper-body) will be a game-time decision after both were absent from Monday morning's practice.
Tuesday night’s contest marks the last time the two teams meet this season, as the Stars picked up two points in the standings in the first match-up back on December 19, 2015.