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Game Preview: Stars @ Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

STARS (21-18-7) @ CANADIENS (29-13-3)

After five days off, the Canadiens returned to work on Monday in Brossard before playing host to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

Prior to the All-Star break, Michel Therrien’s troops downed the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime. P.K. Subban scored the decisive marker. It was his 11th goal of the season, and his fourth game-winner.

For his part, Carey Price stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced to register his 24th win of the year. On Tuesday, Price could become the league’s fourth goaltender to hit the 25-win mark this season. He will be making his 37th start of the 2014-15 campaign.

The Canadiens’ bench boss shouldn’t be featuring any lineup changes for the tilt against Dallas. On Monday, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau didn’t take part in the on-ice session. He remains sidelined with an upper-body injury.

Like Price, Jiri Sekac was not at Monday’s practice either, as the pair made their way home from the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus. Sekac, however, should take part in Tuesday night’s game on a line with Manny Malhotra and Michael Bournival.

The Stars, meanwhile, are among the league’s top offensive teams and are currently fighting for a postseason berth. Despite boasting an offensive unit that averages 3.09 goals per game, which ranks fourth in the league, Dallas continues to struggle to pick up wins. They currently sit sixth in the Central Division, four points back of the Calgary Flames and the final playoff spot.

The Stars also give up an average of 3.26 goals per game, which ranks them 26th in the NHL in that department. Kari Lehtonen, who should get the call in goal on Tuesday night, boasts a 2.98 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

Tyler Seguin leads Dallas up front. He’s the team’s leading scorer, 12 points clear of Jamie Benn. He also sits tied for the league-lead in goals with 28 alongside Rick Nash of the New York Rangers.

Travis Moen will play his first game against the Canadiens since being traded earlier in the year for Sergei Gonchar. Moen has one goal in three games against Montreal over the course of his NHL career. For his part, former Habs forward Erik Cole could miss the game with a head injury.

This will be the second and final meeting between the two teams during the regular season. On December 6, the Stars downed the Canadiens 4-1 in Dallas.

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