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Habs this week - Dec. 13, 2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Coming off a hectic week that saw them play four games, the Canadiens will do it all over again.

After hosting the Sabres and traveling to the swamp to take on the Devils, the Habs will welcome Guillaume Latendresse back to the Bell Centre with his new team and then head to Long Island to face rookie of year candidate John Tavares and the Islanders.

Canadiens vs Sabres – Monday, December 14 @ 7:30 p.m.

While this might mark the Northest Division rivals' third meeting of the season, the Habs will do so for the first time on home ice. The Canadiens won the first encounter 2-1 in overtime before dropping a 6-2 decision to Lindy Ruff’s troops. The team the Sabres will face this time around has won three of their last five games, on the heels of the Habs' big birthday bash.

Canadiens @ Devils – Wednesday, December 16 @ 7:00 p.m.

In what will be the first showdown with the Devils for the Habs this season, they will have their hands full as always trying to beat Martin Brodeur, who just tied Terry Sawchuk’s league record by notching his 103rd career shutout.

Brodeur will be facing longtime teammate Scott Gomez for the first time since he joined the Habs, with the centerman surely knowing him better than any opposing forward in the league. Gomez does after all boast 11 points in 13 career games against the Devils.

Canadiens vs Wild – Thursday, December 17 @ 7:00 p.m.

A mere three weeks after switching uniforms with Benoit Pouliot, Guillaume Latendresse will make his return to Montreal as a member of the Wild. In eight games with Minnesota so far Latendresse has a goal and two assists sporting his new No. 48.

After facing a toned-down version of ex-Wild defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron’s powerful shot at practice last season, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom will be experiencing what it’s like to stare down a real Bergeron slap shot for the first time. Bergy is also on a roll these days with five points in his last four games to give him 15 points in 26 games, co-leading all Habs' blue-liners this season with Roman Hamrlik.

Canadiens @ Islanders – Saturday, December 19 @ 7:00 p.m.

After handling the Islanders in each of their two visits to the Bell Centre this season, the Canadiens will head to Long Island for the first time. Following 5-1 and 3-2 wins over Tavares and Co., the Habs will look to remain perfect against the Isles in 2009-10. Youth is the order of the day for the Islanders with youngsters Tavares, Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo pacing the way offensively with 27, 25 and 22 points, respectively.

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