FLAMES (24-23-3) VS. CANADIENS (28-13-7)
BROADCAST: 5:30 PM MT; Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)
SEASON SERIES: Tuesday's game is the first of a two-game season set between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens. They will wrap up the 2016-17 series on Mar. 9 when the Habs make a stop at the Scotiabank Saddledome. In their 2015-16 season series, the Flames had a 1-1-0 record. They picked up their win in Montreal on Oct. 30, 2015, downing the Habs 6-2. Sean Monahan led all skaters with two goals and four points in the pair of games last year. Dougie Hamilton and Dale Weise trailed Monahan with three points each.
FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames are playing their second game in as many nights. They are coming off of a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, which makes their fifth loss in their last six games. They are one point ahead of Vancouver, who have two games in hand, for the second Wildcard spot in the Western Conference. "You keep pushing what your agenda is and what you've done well. You get what you show and we're going to keep making corrections, but also showing if we stay on this path, if we out-chance teams on a nightly basis, that we're going to turn this thing," head coach Glen Gulutzan said after last night's loss.
HABS' TEAM SCOPE: Montreal, who sit first in the Atlantic Division with 63 points on the year, are coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Carey Price made 35 saves in the setback. The goaltender, who will be in net on Tuesday, has lost five of his last six starts but holds a 21-9-5 record with a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage this year. Montreal will be without forward Alex Galchenyuk on Tuesday as he re-aggravated his knee injury in the loss on Saturday. "He was able to finish the game [against Buffalo], but after further and deeper examination the doctors suggested that he shouldn't practice and he shouldn't play [on Tuesday]," coach Michel Therrien told MontrealCanadiens.com. He joins Brendan Gallagher (hand), Andrei Markov (lower body), David Desharnais (knee), and Greg Pateryn (ankle) in the sick bay.