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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Ducks

The Habs play the first of three games in California this week, beginning Tuesday

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL /

CANADIENS (16-4-2) @ DUCKS (10-8-4)

The Habs open the California portion of their longest road trip of the season with a stop in Anaheim on Tuesday.

It marks the Canadiens' only visit to the Honda Center in 2016-17, an arena in which the team has not won in its last two tries. Last March, Montreal dropped a 3-2 decision to the Ducks in the shootout.

Michel Therrien will keep his lineup intact from Saturday night's 2-1 win against the Red Wings. Brendan Gallagher -- who ended a 15-game scoreless streak -- and Alex Galchenyuk were the Canadiens goalscorers in Detroit, the latter with the overtime winner.

Galchenyuk, who is tied for fifth among the League's top point-getters with 22 points in as many games, found the back of the net three times in two games against the Ducks a season ago.

Zach Redmond joined the Canadiens in Anaheim on Monday after playing two games with the St. John's IceCaps in the AHL for conditioning purposes over the weekend, but will not be in uniform on Tuesday. The 28-year-old defenseman who was sidelined with a foot fracture has not yet suited up for the Habs this season.

At the other end of the ice, the Ducks will also be playing their first game since Saturday, coming off a 3-2 win against San Jose. John Gibson will be in goal for the hosts against Montreal.

Carey Price meanwhile will get the start for the Habs.

Among the Ducks to watch is Corey Perry, who has three points in his last three games, and 10 points in nine career games against the Canadiens.

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