MONTREAL - With just two weeks to go until the NHL breaks for the Olympics, Jacques Martin’s troops will be looking to rack up some much needed points before enjoying a little well-deserved time off. The Canucks make their way to Montreal before the Habs head to Boston in a mid-week match-up. The Canadiens cap their week with a busy Penguins and Bruins-filled weekend.
Canadiens vs Canucks – Tuesday, February 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Canucks’ road trip odyssey due to the Olympics will make a stop in Montreal this week. Alain Vigneault’s crew will be on the road from Jan. 30 through March 10, including the Olympic break, for a league-record 14 games on the road for the Canucks.
The Habs will look to slow down the red-hot Canucks, winners of seven straight. The Canadiens can take some comfort in the fact that Vancouver is only .500 on the road this season, versus their 23-7-1 mark at GM Place. This game will mean a little something extra to the Habs following the tough 7-1 loss suffered in Vancouver back in October. With his twin brother back by his side, Henrik Sedin will be aiming to keep his grip on the No. 1 spot in league scoring ahead of Alexander Ovechkin. Canadiens @ Bruins – Thursday, February 4 @ 7 :00 p.m.
The Canadiens hit the road to Bean Town to put their undefeated record this year against the Bruins on the line. Currently freefalling with a 1-7-2 record in their past 10 outings, Boston should be ripe for the picking for the point-hungry Habs.
The most recent meeting between the two clubs was back on the Canadiens’ 100th birthday, December 4, 2009, when the Habs celebrated their first century of existence by trouncing the Bruins 5-1. Michael Cammalleri notched a hat-trick in that outing, but will be sidelined with a knee injury this time around in Boston. Canadiens vs Penguins – Saturday, February 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
As has become tradition, Super Bowl weekend also means Family Weekend at the Bell Centre with the Canadiens playing a pair matinee games. First up will be a date with Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. The Habs will be looking for their win over the defending Stanley Cup Champions this season with Crosby’s crew having won each of the first three meetings between the two teams. The first step to beating Pittsburgh will as always hinge on slowing down the Pens’ captain, who has 15 points in his last 10 games. Canadiens vs Bruins – Sunday, February 7, @ 3:00 p.m.
The Habs and Bruins will square off for the second time this week, in a match-up which will determine whether Glen Metropolit can continue to burn his former team, with the speedy center having scored in each game against Boston this season. The Bruins will be growling for some offense after mustering only two goals in two games against Montreal which in part explains their offense being ranked dead-last in the NHL. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.See alsoStandingsHabs call up Matt D'Agostini Just one of the boys Habs call up Yannick Weber