MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Monday night's matchup against the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre.
1. Claude Julien's troops haven't rattled off four consecutive wins so far this season, but they could accomplish that feat versus Arizona. The Canadiens posted their third straight win when they edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night. After Marco Scandella evened things up late in the third period with his first goal in a Canadiens uniform, Ilya Kovalchuk sealed the victory in the extra frame when he buried a rebound off a Nick Suzuki breakaway attempt past goaltender Jack Campbell. For his part, Carey Price turned aside 22 of 23 shots between the pipes to earn first-star honors. Montreal owns an impressive 9-3-0 record in their last 12 games as they remain in the playoff hunt.
2. On Monday morning, Julien indicated that no lineup changes are expected for the contest versus Arizona. Likewise, the veteran bench boss confirmed that captain Shea Weber won't be accompanying the team on their upcoming road trip. He is still sidelined with a lower-body injury. Julien also indicated that Paul Byron might make the trip. Byron hasn't played since November 15. He underwent knee surgery a few days later and has been sidelined ever since.
3. Newly minted Super Bowl champion Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be in attendance for Monday night's contest. No doubt the Bell Centre faithful will give the Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman a massive applause for his incredible accomplishment earlier this month in Miami. Some of the best and brightest youngsters in the QMJHL ranks will also be on site in conjunction with a media event related to the 2020 NHL Draft, which will be held in Montreal in June. A pregame ceremony will mark Team Canada's triumph at the World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic as well. It's also Paul Byron Bobblehead Night presented by Bridgestone. The first 5,000 fans to enter the building will receive a bobblehead of the speedy Canadiens forward.
Video: The CHat feat. Carey Price and Paul Byron
4. The Coyotes will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak on Monday night. Rick Tocchet's group began a four-game road trip with a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. This marks the second and final regular-season meeting between the two teams. The Canadiens registered a 4-1 win at Gila River Arena on October 30. Nick Schmaltz leads the Coyotes in scoring with 39 points (8g - 31a), while Clayton Keller ranks second in that department with 34 points (12g - 22a). Christian Dvorak sits third with 33 points (16g - 17a).
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. To purchase tickets, click here. The Canadiens will hit the road on Tuesday for a two-game trek to Boston (February 12) and Pittsburgh (February 14), before returning home to battle the Dallas Stars (February 15).