MONTREAL – With the first month of regular season play now in the books, the Habs are rolling into November with an impressive 15 points – good enough for second in the East. Racking up four wins in their last five games, the Canadiens are looking to continue their hot streak this week against the Blue Jackets, Sabres and Senators.
Canadiens @ Blue Jackets – Tuesday, November 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
After playing their first game against a Western opponent last week when the Coyotes came to town, the Canadiens have another unknown adversary on tap in Columbus on Tuesday night. The game marks just the fourth time the two teams will have played each other south of the border and the 10th meeting between the Habs and Blue Jackets in the expansion franchise’s history.
Despite the infrequent meetings between the two teams, a few players have a wealth of experience when it comes to beating the Blue Jackets. During his time out West with L.A. and Calgary, Michael Cammalleri played 17 games against Columbus, notching eight goals and 15 points in those outings. Cammy also added another goal in his only game against the Jackets as a Hab last year.
Canadiens @ Sabres – Friday, November 5 @ 7:30 p.m.
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The Canadiens’ second visit to HSBC arena should prove interesting. Lindy Ruff’s troops have struggled out of the gate, currently resting in the north east division basement and 14th in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the last-place Devils.
The Habs will have to keep an eye on Derek Roy, who has racked up six points in his last four games, giving him 13 in just 10 outings this season. It was also Roy who potted the Sabres’ only goal in the team’s 40th anniversary game on October 15, when Montreal spoiled the party with a 2-1 win. Canadiens vs. Senators – Saturday, November 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Habs face off against a familiar foe to close out the week, hitting the ice against the Sens for the third time this season on Saturday night. Montreal won both of the first two games, with 4-3 and 3-0 finishes in those outings.
Andrei Kostitsyn powered the Canadiens past the Senators in both meetings so far, piling up three goals and an assist in those two games. No stranger to scoring in the Nation’s capital, the Sens-killer has scored 14% of his goals against Ottawa in his career. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis. Read also:
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