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MTL@ARI: Five things you need to know

Brendan Gallagher will play his 500th career NHL game as the Canadiens open a three-game road trip in Arizona on Wednesday night

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

GLENDALE - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Coyotes at Gila River Arena.

1. Before heading to the Valley of the Sun, the Canadiens rattled off a big 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in their most recent outing on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Jonathan Drouin led the way offensively with a pair of goals for Montreal, while Joel Armia continued his hot start to the season with his team-leading sixth marker of the season - which ultimately proved to be the game winner - along with an assist as well. The Habs exploded for three goals in the third period to hand their Atlantic Division rivals the loss. For his part, Carey Price turned aside 29 of 31 shots to register his fifth victory of the season. It was a nice way for the Habs to leave the friendly confines of their home rink ahead of a tough road trip that also includes stops in Las Vegas (October 31) and Dallas (November 2).

Video: Drouin scores two goals, Canadiens top Maple Leafs

2. On Wednesday morning, head coach Claude Julien confirmed that he wouldn't be making any lineup changes for the contest, meaning that Jordan Weal will be a healthy scratch up front, as will Brett Kulak and Christian Folin on defense. Carey Price will get the start in goal. The matchup in Arizona is special for several reasons. First and foremost, right-winger Brendan Gallagher will be playing his 500th career NHL game. Likewise, the contest will mark the return of Nick Cousins to the area. Cousins spent the last two seasons in Arizona before signing with the Canadiens over the summer. You'll recall that Max Domi is also a former Coyote.

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3. Price has enjoyed incredible success versus Arizona over the years. The Anahim Lake, BC native boasts an 11-1-0 record in 12 appearances, along with a 1.91 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage. That lone defeat came in Arizona, though, where Price has won six of his seven starts. Julien wouldn't confirm whether Price would also get the nod in Las Vegas for the tail end of the back-to-back, though, so we'll just have to wait and see.

4. As for the Coyotes, Rick Tocchet's squad is playing outstanding hockey right now. They've won two games in a row and six of their last seven outings. Arizona is coming off a 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres in Buffalo on Monday, which wrapped up a four-game road trip to the East Coast. Nick Schmaltz leads the Coyotes in scoring with 11 points (4G, 7A) in 11 games, while Conor Garland (6G, 2A) and Clayton Keller (1G, 7A) rank second with eight points each. The Canadiens won their lone visit to Arizona last season, edging the Coyotes 2-1 on December 20, 2018.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Following the tilt, the Canadiens will travel to Sin City where they'll battle the Golden Knights on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena.

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