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Complete confidence in the kid

Charlie Lindgren gets the call as the Vegas Golden Knights pay their first-ever visit to the Bell Centre

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

BROSSARD - After blanking the Blackhawks on Sunday, Charlie Lindgren is now being tasked with facing the Vegas Golden Knights.

The 23-year-old goaltender will make his second consecutive start on Tuesday as the Canadiens begin a stretch of six straight games on home ice.

Lindgren was brilliant between the pipes in Chicago, turning aside 38 shots to register the first shutout of his NHL career.

Head coach Claude Julien has complete confidence in his young netminder, who will be looking to remain undefeated in the NHL ranks through five starts dating back to his debut in 2015-16.

"I've always felt that he had the potential to play in this league. I like the fact that he's young and he's been given the chance to play a lot of hockey in the minors," said Julien, on the Lakeville, MN native. "All I can say is that every time we call upon him, he does good work. It's encouraging."

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Brendan Gallagher couldn't say enough good things about Lindgren's overall game following the morning skate.

"He just battles. Shot after shot, you see it in practice. He never stops working," praised Gallagher, who leads the Canadiens with six goals on the year. "He played a team with a lot of good goal scorers, and he was able to shut them down. It was pretty impressive what he did. We've seen it before. We knew going into that game that he was going to play well. Same thing tonight. You have that confidence that he's going to go in there and get the job done."

The Canadiens will no doubt need a consummate workhorse between the pipes because they're going up against a Vegas squad that is equally diligent in the way they go about their business. With a record of 9-4-1, they've certainly proven to be a force to be reckoned with early on this year.

"They work hard. They were down 3-1 to Toronto last night and they didn't stop working to get back into the game. That's their identity, to keep on working. They have a few players who can put the puck in the net, too," said Jonathan Drouin, who notched the game-winning goal against the Blackhawks over the weekend. "They're aggressive. Usually, expansion teams might take their time to get things together or play a defensive style of game, but that isn't the case. They want to create chances."

Video: Jonathan Drouin on battling the Golden Knights

And, even though the Golden Knights are playing their second game in as many nights, Julien still fully expects them to come out firing. In other words, the veteran bench doesn't believe fatigue will be a factor.

"The best thing we can do is not take these back-to-back games for granted. The team we're playing tonight is probably the team that I feel has been the most blue-collar team and works hard from start to finish no matter what the score is," mentioned Julien. "They've got a blue-collar attitude and that's why they're having success right now."

Up front for the Canadiens, Julien indicated that Charles Hudon's status for Tuesday night's contest is still unknown. He will be a game-time decision. Hudon missed the game against Chicago with an upper-body injury.

Julien also provided an update on the health status of Carey Price.

"He underwent tests [on Monday]. It's still considered a minor [lower-body] injury. We're hoping to see him back on the ice in the next few days," said Julien. "I can tell you that it has zero to do with the injury he had two years ago, though. It's a minor injury."

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