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Habs this week - Dec. 20, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL --  Up for the Habs this week: The team keeps its long road trip rolling with stops in Dallas, Raleigh and finally Long Island.

Canadiens @ Stars – Tuesday, December 21 @ 9:00 PM

The Canadiens find themselves under the hot Texas sun, taking on the Dallas Stars for the teams’ only meeting of the season. Montreal had the honor of playing host last year, pulling out a 5-3 win over Dallas thanks to goals from Brian Gionta, Benoit Pouliot, Michael Cammalleri and Georges Laraque.

The Stars should represent a hefty challenge for Jacques Martin’s squad after posting a record of 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. While the Canadiens still stand as the only team in the NHL to have avoided a shootout, the Stars have gone to the tie-breaker six times already in 2010-11.

Canadiens @ Hurricanes – Thursday, December 23 @ 7:00 PM

The Habs’ stop in Raleigh will mark the first meeting between the Canadiens and the Hurricanes since Jacques Martin’s troops crushed the ‘Canes at the Bell Centre by a score of 7-1 on Nov. 13. Tomas Plekanec enjoyed a dominant game, scoring a goal and adding three helpers on the Habs’ road to victory.

If the past proves to be any indication of what’s to come, there are a few players who should be looking forward to a big night on Thursday. In 20 games against the Hurricanes, Tomas Plekanec has managed to earn himself an impressive 22 points, while Brian Gionta has notched 24 points 24 games. Scott Gomez leads the pack with 37 points in 34 matchups versus Carolina.

Canadiens @ Islanders – Sunday, December 26 @ 7:00 PM
Highlights of the last game against the Islanders
For already the third time this year, the Habs will find themselves squaring off against the New York Islanders, currently ranked dead-last in the NHL. After playing 30 games, the Islanders have only managed to win six of their contests to go along with single points from six more overtime losses for a grand total of 18 points – 22 less than the Canadiens.

The Habs have managed to best the Islanders in both of their meetings to date, winning by scores of 5-3 and 3-1 in games taking place on the 27th and 29th of October. Over the course of those two matches, centers Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern picked up three points apiece.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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