MONTREAL - The Canadiens will be hard at work at the Bell Centre for the first time since December 22 when they play host to the Washington Capitals on Monday night.
Michel Therrien's contingent would like to keep their strong play going after collecting 10 out of a possible 14 points over their last seven games - all of which were contested on the road. The Canadiens will also be looking for their fourth straight victory, after besting Nashville, Dallas and Toronto to begin 2017.
The Capitals arrive in Montreal playing good hockey as well. Barry Trotz's club has won their last four games, most recently downing the Senators 1-0 in Ottawa on Saturday night. Washington boasts a record of 6-2-2 over their last 10 games.
The two teams last met on December 17, when the Canadiens posted a 2-1 win at the Verizon Center in the District of Columbia.
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That marked the first time that Lars Eller went up against his former teammates after being dealt to Washington last June. Eller returns to the Bell Centre on Monday night, the building he called home for six seasons.
While Eller is accustomed to playing at the Bell Centre, the same can't be said for a few newcomers to the Canadiens' lineup who could be making their home debuts. If Therrien doesn't feature any lineup changes on Monday night against Washington, Bobby Farnham and Nikita Scherbak - who made his NHL debut on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre - will both get their first opportunity to ply their trade in front of the home fans.