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Game Preview: Flyers @ Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

FLYERS (23-22-8) @ CANADIENS (34-15-3)

The Canadiens will play the first of three straight games at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night beginning with a tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Michel Therrien’s troops will go in search of a third straight victory after besting the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night and the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

For their part, the Flyers will be looking to keep their recent success going after winning five of their last six games. On Sunday afternoon, the Flyers downed the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-1.

Craig Berube’s contingent is still in the hunt for a postseason berth. Philadelphia currently ranks fifth in the Metropolitan Division, nine points back of the last possible playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday night’s contest will be the third and final meeting between the two teams during the regular season. The Canadiens won both previous games, securing a 4-3 shootout win in October in Philadelphia before pulling off a 6-3 win in mid-November at the Bell Centre.

Ray Emery will get the start in goal for Philadelphia as starter Steve Mason went down with an injury on Sunday against the Capitals. Emery has a 9-9-1 record in 21 games during the 2014-15 campaign.

At the other end of the rink, Carey Price should be making his fourth consecutive start. Price currently leads all NHL netminders with a .932 save percentage.

Following Tuesday’s morning skate, Mike Weaver and Manny Malhotra remained on the ice alongside assistant coach Jean-Jacques Daigneault, suggesting both could be healthy scratches for the game against the Flyers. The Canadiens should field the same lineup that bested the Bruins on Sunday night in Boston.

Philadelphia has struggled on the road this season. Their 8-15-4 record away from the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center – which ranks them 25th in the league – is a good indicator of that. The Canadiens are 18-7-2 at home.

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