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Game 10: Canucks vs. Canadiens (10.30.14)

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks look to sweep their three-game home stand which wraps up tonight when they host the always-popular Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena.

There is always a buzz in the building whenever the Habs roll into town and that should be the case once again tonight. Lately, however, the Canucks have done their part to keep The Rog rocking all on their own as they've won back-to-back games to start their home stand in convincing fashion over the Capitals and the Hurricanes, respectively. Although the Habs figure to be the toughest test yet for the Canucks on their home stand, Vancouver might just be catching the visitors at a good time. Montreal, despite coming off a win in Calgary on Tuesday night, has tallied just one goal over their last two outings.

The Habs are looking to conclude their three-game road win with consecutive wins despite not really playing some of their best hockey of late. Their trip began with a lackluster 3-0 shutout loss to the Oilers on Monday before they managed to squeak out a 2-1 shootout win against the aforementioned Flames thanks mostly to B.C. boy Carey Price, who stopped 37 of 38 shots in the win. History will be on the side of the Canadiens, however, as they are looking to extend their streak of three straight wins at Rogers Arena. Speaking of history, tonight's game will mark the respective returns of several former Canucks, namely Manny Malhotra, Dale Weise and Mike Weaver. Ryan Miller, who is riding a personal three-game win streak, and Price, who is riding a personal five-game win streak and has just one loss in eight starts this season, are the expected starters for their respective clubs tonight.

Puck drop at 7 pm PT – Live on Sportsnet 360, TSN 1040, or online at tsn1040.ca.

Regular Season Record

6-3-0 8-2-0

2014.15 Season Series

0-0-0 0-0-0

All-time Series

29-78-13 78-27-15
 

Keys to the Game

Play their top guys tighter. Although the Canucks only allowed one goal on Tuesday to the Canes, they still provided plenty of room for Carolina's top players like Staal and Tlusty to work with as those two top-liners finished with five shots each. Vancouver will want to keep a tighter leash on the likes of Plekanec, Pacioretty, Galchenyuk and Gallagher tonight.

Keep all four lines rolling. So far on this home stand the Canucks have gotten offensive contributions from all four of their lines. They would love for that balanced attack to continue tonight especially against a Habs team that has been pretty stingy lately allowing two-or-fewer goals in four of their last five outings.

Subban hits the net. It's no secret a key part of the Habs' offensive success starts on the stick of P.K. Subban. However, Subban comes into tonight's game with no points in two straight and no goals in four straight. Most troubling, however, is he's got just three combined shots over his last three outings. The Habs need, and expect, more from him.


By the Numbers

-8

Goal-differential for the Habs on the road this season (10 vs. 18). They are still 4-2-0 away from home.

.937

Career save percentage for Carey Price against the Canucks. He has a 5-1-1 record vs. VAN with one shutout.

1st

Game back at Rogers Arena for Dale Weise since he was traded by the Canucks in February.

3

Straight losses to the Habs overall for the Canucks dating back to March 10, 2012 entering play tonight.

5

Years since the Canucks last beat the Habs on home ice (7-1 W on Oct. 7, 2009 – three straight losses since).

299

Career points for Chris Higgins, 151 of which came in a Habs uniform.

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