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Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Coyotes

The Canadiens will try to remain undefeated in regulation time

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

ARI (1-1-0) @ MTL (2-0-1)

The Canadiens welcome the Arizona Coyotes to the Bell Centre on Thursday night.

On Tuesday, Michel Therrien's troops posted a convincing 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the home opener. Al Montoya made 36 saves in the win, while David Desharnais scored twice and Max Pacioretty picked up a goal and an assist.

Alexander Radulov also scored his first goal in a Canadiens uniform.

All players were present and accounted for at practice on Wednesday, including Carey Price, who left the door open to possibly make his return against the Coyotes. Head coach Michel Therrien will confirm his starter following the morning skate based on the health status of the Canadiens' No. 31.  

The Canadiens aren't expected to make any lineup changes.

For their part, the Coyotes will go with Louis Domingue between the pipes. It will mark his first start of the year. Mike Smith is out with a lower-body injury.

Domingue came on to replace Smith on Tuesday. He gave up three goals on 11 shots in a 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

The Quebec native actually made his first career NHL start in Montreal on February 1, 2015.

Alex Goligoski (3a) and Jordan Martinook (2g-1a) lead the Coyotes with three points each.

The Canadiens lost both of their matchups with the Coyotes last season.

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