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Game Preview: Canucks @ Canadiens

Habs host Canucks on Wednesday in search of eighth win in a row

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl /

VAN (4-4-1) @ MTL (8-0-1)

Winners of their last seven, the Canadiens will try to make it eight in a row on Wednesday against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

A year ago, Michel Therrien's men had the opportunity to tie an NHL record after starting the season 9-0-0, but lost to Vancouver 5-1 in game No. 10.

This time, a win on Wednesday would give the Canadiens their best start in team history, with 19 out of 20 points to begin the season.

Montreal's new faces, including Alexander Radulov and Shea Weber, will face Vancouver for the first time as Habs.

The Canucks arrived in Montreal on Monday to kick off one of their longest road trips of the season, heading to Ottawa, Toronto, Brooklyn, New York, and Detroit next, before returning home.

While the Habs have been perfect through five home games so far (5-0-0), the Canucks are winless in their last five (0-4-1).

Therrien should not make any changes to his roster on Wednesday. Here are Tuesday's forward lines and defensive pairings from practice:

Radulov - Galchenyuk - Gallagher
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Shaw
Lehkonen - Plekanec - Byron
Danault - Mitchell - Flynn

Emelin - Weber
Markov - Petry
Beaulieu - Pateryn


Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on Sportsnet and RDS.

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