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MTL@VAN: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens open their Western Canada road trip on Tuesday night in Vancouver

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

VANCOUVER - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's matchup against the Canucks at Rogers Arena.

1. The Canadiens begin a four-game Western Canada road trip with their lone regular-season visit to the Lower Mainland. Claude Julien's contingent made the 4,500 km trek to British Columbia on Sunday, which gave them the perfect opportunity to put Saturday night's 2-1 loss to the Red Wings behind them. Tomas Tatar was the lone player to solve Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who made 42 saves to earn the victory at the Bell Centre. Unfortunately, Tatar's 12th tally of the season came with just 47 seconds remaining in regulation time and the Habs couldn't complete the comeback. It was the third straight game in which Tatar found the back of the net. The loss snapped Montreal's three-game winning streak. It was also the club's final home game of the 2019 calendar year.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le 12e but de la saison de Tomas Tatar.Tomas Tatar's 12th goal of the season. #GoHabsGo

2. Following Tuesday's morning skate, Julien confirmed that defenseman Mike Reilly would play against Vancouver. The 26-year-old blueliner has watched the last eight games from the press box as a healthy scratch. With respect to Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Victor Mete, both players sported gray "no contact" jerseys during the on-ice session. Julien indicated that the pair remain "day-to-day" with their respective injuries. As for newcomer Lukas Vejdemo, there is no timetable for his NHL debut at the moment. The 23-year-old Swedish forward was recalled from the AHL's Laval Rocket over the weekend just in time to make the trip.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Lukas Vejdemo m��ne les ��tirements �� Vancouver.@vejde96 leads the stretch in Vancouver. 🧘���������#GoHabsGo

3. With plenty of British Columbia content on the roster, this contest is always a special affair for players like Gallagher, Jordan Weal, Carey Price and Shea Weber. No doubt the Rogers Arena stands will be jam-packed with their family members and friends eager to watch them close up. Likewise, the fan support for the Habs will surely be extraordinary as well. Price definitely enjoys playing in his home province. He has a 6-2-1 record in nine career games in Vancouver.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le match n'est m��me pas pr��s de commencer, mais nous avons d��j�� plusieurs partisans sur place!It's not even game time and we've already got Habs fans in the house.#GoHabsGo

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le gardien partant de ce soir.Tonight's starting goaltender. #GoHabsGo

4. For their part, the Canucks are in the midst of a two-game losing streak. After falling 4-2 to the Sharks on Saturday in San Jose, Travis Green's contingent was handed a 6-3 defeat by the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena. Swedish sensation Elias Pettersson scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season for Vancouver in the loss, while fellow youngster Quinn Hughes picked up his team-leading 24th assist as well. Pettersson sits atop the Canucks' scoring list with 35 points on the year, three points clear of Brock Boeser (12g, 20a). Ranking third in that department is J.T. Miller with 31 points (13g, 18a) thus far this season.

5. Puck drop on Tuesday night is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on TSN2, Sportsnet Pacific and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Following the contest, the Canadiens will travel to Calgary where they'll battle the Flames on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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