MONTREAL -- With the fourth month of the 2010-11 NHL season drawing to a close, the Canadiens find themselves looking at a few days of well-deserved rest as the All-Star Game weekend approaches. Before they can enjoy the time off, however, they’re going to need to contend with the league-best Philadelphia Flyers.
Canadiens @ Flyers – Tuesday, January 25 @ 7:30 PM
Currently sitting first overall in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers will play host to the Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center as the teams prepare for their final regular season matchup. Jacques Martin’s squad will be gunning to even the score and tie the season series at two, after the Flyers notched wins in two of the clubs’ first three meetings.
Downing the Flyers in their own house will be no small feat for the Habs as Peter Laviolette’s troops are presently playing some of their best hockey of the season. The Flyers have posted an impressive nine wins in the 11 games they’ve played so far in the month of January.
Look for the Canadiens’ defence to pay special attention to a few members of the Philadelphia squad, most notably James Van Riemsdyk who’s already registered three goals against the Habs this season, as well as Jeff Carter who’s earned a goal and two assists versus Montreal.
Luckily, the Canadiens also have some offensive weapons of their own who have shown a knack for lighting the lamp against the Broad Street Bullies. In three meetings with Philadelphia this season, Brian Gionta
has racked up two goals and two assists, Tomas Plekanec
is credited with two goals and one assist, while rookie P.K. Subban
has a goal and two helpers to his name. The Flyers will also have to keep an eye out for Max Pacioretty
who’s currently enjoying some success, having potted three goals and added an assist over the course of his last two games.
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane.ALSO READ:Andreas Engqvist assigned to Hamilton Playing for keeps Hab-ing their way Back in the trenches