MONTREAL – After spoiling both the Maple Leafs’ and Sabres’ home openers, the Canadiens now head out on a three-game western Canadian road swing.
While Jacques Martin's troops posted wins in their first two outings – both in overtime – the victories came at a price. The defensive corps has taken a hit, with the losses of Andrei Markov
and Ryan O'Byrne for four months and six weeks respectively. Defenseman Yannick Weber
has been called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs.Canadiens @ Flames – Tuesday, October 6 @ 9 p.m.
The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Mike Cammalleri, who will renew acquaintances with his former teammates and fans in Calgary. Last season, in his only campaign with the Flames, Cammalleri enjoyed a career-year, notching 39 goals and 82 points while playing alongside Jarome Iginla.
The Canadiens will look to end a four game losing streak at the Saddledome, including a 6-2 loss in February 2009. The Habs’ last win in Calgary come on January 5, 2002, dropping the Flames 4-2 score.
With two goals in his first two games with the team, Canadiens newcomer Travis Moen
will be shooting for three straight for the first time in his career.Canadiens @ Canucks – Wednesday, October 7 @ 10 p.m.
While the Saddledome has been far from hospitable to the Canadiens in recent seasons, GM Place has been an even more hostile environment over the years. Including a 4-2 loss last season, the Habs have lost seven straight games on Vancouver ice, dating back to 2000.Carey Price
, who came in to relieve Jaroslav Halak in last season's loss, could be given the starting assignment in front of friends and family in his native province.Canadiens @ Oilers – Saturday, October 10 @ 10 p.m.
During last season's trip to Edmonton, the Canadiens suffered their worst defeat of the campaign, falling 7-2 to the Oilers. Since the turn of the millennium, the Habs have had their share of troubles at Rexall Place, with six consecutive losses in the building since 2001. The team’s most recent win in Alberta came during the outdoor Heritage Classic game at Commonwealth Stadium on November 22, 2003, when they defeated the Oilers 4-3.
Having donned the Oilers’ colors for a half-season in 2005-06, Jaroslav Spacek is quite comfortable within the confines of Rexall Place. In 28 career games in the building, the 35-year-old defender has registered 18 points.Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.comSee alsoCanadiens call up Yannick Weber from the Bulldogs The Streak is On!The Voice of the FansVote for the play of the week