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Arizona lone NHL team without regulation win; Montreal eyeing .500

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (2-15-3) at CANADIENS (8-9-2)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will reach .500 with a win against the Arizona Coyotes at Bell Centre on Thursday.

The Canadiens are 7-3-1 since beginning 1-6-1, their worst start to a season since 1941-42 (1-10-1), but have scored three goals in their past three games (1-1-1).

The Coyotes have lost five straight games (0-3-2) and remain the only NHL team without a regulation win.

 

Players to watch

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller leads NHL rookies with 17 points (11 goals, six assists) but has none in his past four games.

Rookie goaltender Charlie Lindgren will make his sixth straight start for the Canadiens. He is 3-1-1 with a 1.39 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout.

 

They said it

"He's starting to get the best defensive guys against him right now. He's not really surprising the League so we've got to try to find him some help and he's got to stick with it too, you know. You can't get frustrated." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet about 19-year-old forward Clayton Keller

"Their record isn't where they want to be, but they have capable players there of being dangerous and guys you have to be aware of. And the minute you think you're too good to play someone in this league is the minute you're going to be humbled. It's important for us to understand that there was a time this year where we weren't putting together wins." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Mario Kempe -- Derek Stepan -- Brendan Perlini

Clayton Keller -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Max Domi -- Tobias Rieder -- Anthony Duclair

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Kevin Connauton

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Luke Schenn

Kevin Connauton -- Dakota Mermis

Antti Raanta

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Joel Hanley, Nick Cousins, Zac Rinaldo

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (knee), Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jonathan Drouin -- Paul Byron

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Jacob de la Rose -- Byron Froese

Jordie Benn -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Victor Mete -- Joe Morrow 

Charlie Lindgren

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Torrey Mitchell

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Al Montoya (concussion), Artturi Lehkonen (lower body), Nikita Scherbak (knee), David Schlemko (hand), Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms)

 
Status report

The Coyotes held an optional morning skate at Bell Centre. ... Price did not skate for a third straight day.

 

Stat pack

The Coyotes have scored the first goal in 13 of 20 games, tied for the most in the League. ... Pacioretty has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past nine games.

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