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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Canucks

The Habs kick off the Western road swing with a stop in Vancouver

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

CANADIENS (37-21-8) @ CANUCKS (28-30-7)

The Canadiens are hoping to keep their win streak alive on Tuesday against the Canucks.

Claude Julien's troops are hunting for a sixth-consecutive victory after beating the Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Saturday's winning netminder, Carey Price, was named the NHL's third star of the week on Monday. The five-time All-Star will be back between the pipes in his home province against Vancouver. The 29-year-old puck stopper has a 3-2-1 record in seven career starts against the Canucks.

The Habs will be looking for their first win at Rogers Arena since October 2013, having lost their previous two games in British Columbia.

After missing Saturday's game with a lower body injury, Alexander Radulov was absent from practice again on Monday morning and will miss a second-straight game on Tuesday night. Head coach Claude Julien also confirmed that Tomas Plekanec will not play against the Canucks due to an upper-body injury.

Video: Price, Habs blank the Canucks, 3-0

Acquired at the trade deadline from Edmonton, Brandon Davidson could make his Canadiens debut on Tuesday. During Monday's practice, the 25-year-old blue-liner was skating alongside Jeff Petry in place of Alexei Emelin.

The Canucks are currently sitting six points out of a wild card berth in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Willie Desjardins' squad has won just four of its last 10 games, including a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Third-year NHLer Bo Horvat leads the Canucks with 45 points through 53 games so far this season. The 21-year-old centerman is on a hot streak, having posted 11 points in his last 10 games.

For his part, Alex Galchenyuk will look to register at least one point for a sixth-consecutive game, having now racked up seven points - including three goals - in his team's last five wins.

 

 

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