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Habs this week - Oct. 26, 2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – The Canadiens kick off a busy work week with a rare Monday night event, the first of four games in six nights for the Habs to close out October.

The Islanders make their return to the Bell Centre on Monday night for their second game in Montreal in five days. The Habs will then head down to take on the defending Cup champs in Pittsburgh on Wednesday before making the trek to the Windy City to face off against the Blackhawks. Finally, the Maple Leafs will make their Bell Centre debut this Saturday for a Halloween night match up. 

Canadiens vs. Islanders – Monday, October 26 @ 7:30 p.m.

After a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Canadiens last Thursday, the Islanders return to Montreal to try and exact revenge from Jacques Martin’s squad. The Canadiens were stellar when the two teams met last week, firing 43 shots at Martin Biron while giving up just 22 the other way. 

After a 2-1 loss to Washington this Saturday, the Isles will be looking to improve their 1-4-4 record against Montreal on Monday night.

Canadiens @ Penguins – Wednesday, October 28 @ 7:30 p.m.

To be the best, you have to beat the best. That’s what the Habs are hoping for when they fly into Mellon Arena to take on the 2009 Stanley Cup champ Penguins. With no signs of a Cup hangover so far in Pittsburgh, the Pens have exploded out of the gate to find themselves back on top of the NHL. In 11 games to date, captain Sidney Crosby and his squad have suffered just two losses, while posting an impressive eight-game win-streak in that time.  

Last year, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez both had the Penguins’ number. Gionta picked up one goal and three assists in six games against Pittsburgh while Gomez enjoyed a more than a point-per-game total against the Pens, with seven in six games.

Canadiens @ Blackhawks – Friday, October 30 @ 8:30 p.m.

The Canadiens pay the citizens of Chicago a rare visit on Friday night, marking the only meeting of the season between the two Original 6 squads.

Last year, the Blackhawks made the trek to Montreal for the annual game near the end of the season. The Habs put on a clinic in that outing, dropping the ‘Hawks 4-1. The two teams have faced off against each other 552 times throughout history, with the Canadiens owning a 301-148-103 record in that span.

Canadiens vs Maple Leafs – Saturday, October 31 @ 7:00 p.m.

Just as kids everywhere head out door-to-door in search of candy, the Maple Leafs come knocking hoping to come out of the Bell Centre with their first win of the season. Riding an eight-game losing streak into Montreal, more Leafs’ fans than ever may be sporting disguises during the Halloween tilt. 

Will Mike Komisarek come back to haunt his former team in his first game in Montreal since signing with Toronto on July 1? With a minus-4, 23 penalty minutes and 0 points to show so far this season, things don’t look promising for the young defenseman. One thing is certain, though: the Bell Centre “Boos” are sure to be out in full force this Halloween to mark the occasion.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Shauna Denis.

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