BROSSARD - The Canadiens will be trying to win for head coach Claude Julien as he goes behind the bench for his 1,000th career game on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
Carey Price can also reach a significant milestone with a victory over the New York Islanders. His next win would jump him ahead of Hall-of-Famer Ken Dryden for third spot on the Canadiens' all-time wins list among goaltenders.
Those are significant milestones, but in the grand scheme of things captain Max Pacioretty says the most important thing is stringing together a second straight win.
"That's the milestone that we know about and we worry about. It's a good opportunity for us to build off a good road game. We liked the way we competed last game and I think that's the number one thing we have to worry about, compete level. If we follow up another strong performance, we should feel pretty good and hopefully get on a roll," mentioned Pacioretty.
Consistency is something the Canadiens have been lacking lately. That's something defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has mentioned time and again in recent weeks. A second straight victory would be "a step in the right direction."
"It's easy to get high off of one win when we're struggling, but putting two or three together is something we want to do. Looking at our schedule coming up, we're playing every other day. It's a good opportunity for us to stack some wins on. When we start rolling, we're a scary hockey club. The biggest thing is to try and get that second and third win and get our confidence going again and I think we'll be on the right path," said Beaulieu.
That confidence came back somewhat with Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, said Brendan Gallagher.
"Last game, a close hockey, finding a way to win that hockey game, that boosted your confidence a little bit. You definitely don't want to lose that right away. It's important for us to show up tonight with a good effort and keep this momentum rolling," said Gallagher.
Julien won't be making any lineup changes on Thursday night, which means that David Desharnais, Sven Andrighetto and Nikita Nesterov will all be healthy scratches.
"We won the last game and I think we played very well, so we're going with the same lineup," said Julien.
Puck drop is scheduled 7 :30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet East and RDS.