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Habs this week - Nov. 22, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- With a rivalry on Monday, a rarely seen team on Wednesday, a new captain to face on Friday and a division matchup Saturday, the Canadiens find themselves scheduled for a variety-pack of games this week. 

Canadiens vs. Flyers – Monday, Nov. 22 @ 7:00 PM

For the second time in a week, the Montreal Canadiens will find themselves crossing paths with the Philadelphia Flyers. If the clubs’ last meeting stands as any indication, Monday night’s game in Philly should prove to be a grudge-match in the truest sense of the term.

Last Tuesday at the Bell Centre, the Flyers found themselves up against a Carey Price playing at the top of his game, stoning the Philadelphia team on all 41 of their shots to post a 3-0 shutout. With a heated end to the game followed by a string of comments from Flyers’ captain Mike Richards aimed at Habs’ rookie P.K. Subban, Philadelphia would seem intent on making their physical presence known early in this latest matchup. Look for a goaltending change in the Philadelphia crease from six days ago, as Brian Boucher will take the place of Sergei Bobrovsky. The veteran netminder has struggled against the Habs over his career, posting a record of 1-4-0 in five starts.

Canadiens vs. Kings – Wednesday, Nov. 24 @ 7:30 PM

Jacques Martin’s troupes will be facing a tough test Wednesday night as they go up against one of the top Western Conference teams when the L.A. Kings make a rare visit to the Bell Centre.

A large part of the Kings’ success in the 2010-11 season can be attributed to goaltender Jonathan Quick who sits 2nd in the NHL with 11 wins – one less than league-leader Carey Price. The Habs have walked away victorious from their last five encounters with the Kings and have only dropped eight of the 66 games the teams have played in Montreal. On the L.A. squad, Justin Williams, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty are all playing well and the Canadiens will be forced to contain them if they hope build on their win against the Leafs.

Canadiens vs. Thrashers – Friday, Nov. 26 @ 7:30 PM

The Canadiens will be spending American Thanksgiving weekend at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, taking on the home-town Thrashers. The Thrashers have been playing some of their best hockey of the season since naming Andrew Ladd as team captain, recording two wins in their last pair of games.

On top of having to deal with Atlanta’s new captain, the Habs will be making sure to pay special attention to hulking defenseman Dustin Byfuglien whose 19 points in 21 games ranks him third in scoring among all NHL defensemen. Known for his ability to pot goals in clutch situations, Byfuglien sits with Rick Nash at the top of the league with four game-winning goals apiece.

Canadiens vs. Sabres – Saturday, Nov. 27 @ 7:00 PM

What could be better than a division-duel to cap off an action-packed week. The Canadiens will return from Atlanta to play their second game in 24 hours as the Buffalo Sabres pay a visit to the Bell Centre. The game will mark the clubs’ third meeting of the 2010-11 season.

Jacques Martin’s squad has walked away with wins in the teams’ first two encounters, with both games played being decided by a single goal. Habs’ forward, Benoit Pouliot was the star of the Canadiens’ Nov. 5 win over Buffalo, scoring both the tying and game-winning goals.

Vincent Cauchy and Hugo Fontaine are writers for
Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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