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Gaudreau getting hot as Flames visit Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (6-4-2) at CANADIENS (8-2-1)

TV: CITY, RDS
RADIO: SPORTSNET 960 THE FAN

Season series: Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais scored in the shootout when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Oct. 28 in Calgary. Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped 37 of 38 shots and then stopped Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau in the shootout. Flames goalie Jonas Hiller made 18 saves.

Flames team scope: The Flames are 3-1-2 in their past six games entering Sunday, and one reason for that has been rookie forward Gaudreau. In those six games he has two goals, each a game-winner, and three assists. The hot streak comes after he was a healthy scratch against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 17. "Every game I'm feeling more comfortable," Gaudreau told the Flames website. That comfort level was on display Friday against the Nashville Predators when he had a goal and an assist, as well as a spectacular move around Predators defenceman Anton Volchenkov in the first period to create a prime scoring chance during a 4-3 win. "It seems like the puck's on a string for him lately," Flames captain Mark Giordano told the Flames website. "Not just [Friday] but the past few [games]. Really nice to see. [Friday] he was a game-changer. There's nothing else to say. He really changed the game for us. It seemed like every time he touched it something good was going to happen."

Canadiens team scope: Montreal spent about 20 minutes before practice Saturday working on its power play. The Canadiens are 0-for-12 in their past five games and entered play Saturday 26th in the NHL at 9.4 percent. They practiced Saturday with the same line combinations they used Thursday in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Vancouver Canucks, including a top line of David Desharnais centering Max Pacioretty and Dale Weise. "When you're putting lines together you want to … you're trying to have a good mix, guys going to work in the corners, guys who can make good plays, a guy who could score," coach Michel Therrien said. "We think that could be a good mix." Therrien said that just because the lines looked one way Saturday doesn't mean they'll look that way Sunday.

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