MONTREAL - The city of Montreal has long been known as Sin City of the North, and on Tuesday night it will finally get to battle for Sin City supremacy, as the Vegas Golden Knights make their historic first-ever visit to the Bell Centre to face the Canadiens.
The Habs will be doing so on the heels of a successful four-game road swing. Last Monday, Montreal opened the scoring floodgates in Ottawa in a convincing 8-3 win. Three nights later, they went down early to the Wild and lost 6-3 in Minnesota, but rebounded with back-to-back weekend wins in Winnipeg and Chicago.
Three Canadiens players have contributed five points during the stretch - Brendan Gallagher (3G, 2A), Max Pacioretty (2G, 3A) and Shea Weber (5A). Three more Habs sit right beneath them with four points in their last four games, namely Andrew Shaw (3G, 1A), Tomas Plekanec (2G, 2A) and Charles Hudon (2G, 2A).
Having sat out Sunday's game in Chicago with an upper-body injury, Hudon could be making a return to action against Vegas, although he will be a game-time decision.
With Carey Price sidelined with a minor lower-body injury, the Canadiens turned to Al Montoya against the Jets and call-up Charlie Lindgren against the Blackhawks. Montoya stopped 19 of 23 shots to help the Habs to a 5-4 overtime win on Saturday, while Lindgren got his first career shutout in a 38-save 2-0 win in Chicago the following night.
Video: Lindgren shuts down Hawks as Canadiens win, 2-0
After giving his troops the day off on Monday, Claude Julien announced after Tuesday's practice that Lindgren would get a second straight start and would be in nets to face Vegas.
Speaking of goalies, the Golden Knights haven't been spared in the injury department in that area, having lost Marc-Andre Fleury, Malcolm Subban and Oscar Dansk to various injuries since the beginning of the season. After using Maxime Lagace on Monday in Toronto, Gerard Gallant could be calling on the services of Dylan Ferguson at the Bell Centre on Tuesday. Ferguson was called up on an emergency basis from the WHL's Kamloops Blazers last week.
After a historic start to the season for an expansion franchise - winning eight of their first nine games - the Golden Knights have come back to earth somewhat, having won only one of their last five games, all on the road. On Monday night in Toronto, they fell to the Maple Leafs 4-3 in a shootout.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TSN2 and RDS, on TV, and on the radio on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.