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Long and winding road

The Habs embark on their longest road trip of the season this weekend

by @canadiensmtl /

MONTREAL -- The Habs took off for Detroit on Friday afternoon, for what will be the team's longest road trip of the season.

The club will be away from Montreal for a total of 12 days, playing five games across three states and three different time zones.

After Saturday's stop in Detroit, the team will travel to Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, and St. Louis before returning to the Bell Centre for a December 8 home game against New Jersey.

"It's a trip that's coming at just the right time for us," described head coach Michel Therrien.

"It's going to be tough. We'll face good teams, and I'm eager to see how we respond. We've been playing with confidence, but we'll take things one game at a time," continued the Habs bench boss, who is coming off a 2-1 win against Carolina on Thursday.

With so much time on the road, expect the Habs to get to know each other a little better while spending 15-plus hours together in the air and covering 9,256 kilometers of the continent.

"We're happy to have this time together," admitted goaltender Carey Price following his 30-save performance on Thursday. "And also to enjoy a bit of sun."

The Canadiens may have left Montreal with an impressive 15-4-2 record, but they hope to return to the city with more than a couple of additional wins in their checked luggage.

"It's a confidence boost for us, and we're going to let it snowball during this long trip," underlined Andrew Shaw, who was named Thursday night's first star after opening the scoring for the Canadiens. "It's tough to be on the road for 12 days, so we're going to come together and push through and have a great road trip."

The Habs have one other lengthy away swing this season, when they hit the road for New York, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton over a 10-day span in March.

Next five games (EST):

November 26 @ Detroit, 7:00 p.m.
November 29 @ Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
December 2 @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
December 4 @ Los Angeles, 3:00 p.m.
December 6 @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.

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