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Canadiens chasing history, perfect 10-0-0 start

by Brian Compton

With a win Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens can accomplish what two teams in NHL history have previously: Win the first 10 games of a season.

The 9-0-0 Canadiens, who have trailed for a total of 2:57, will go for their 10th straight victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; RDS, CITYM, SNV). Montreal can match the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres.

Each of the Canadiens' nine wins have come in regulation. Behind the world-class goaltending of Carey Price, they have allowed 12 goals. None of them have come in the first period.

"Everybody's going to be talking about a lot of different things over the next couple of days, and that's fine," defenseman P.K. Subban said. "But for our team, it's just about the next game and getting prepared to play our best game."

Here are other games this week that should garner plenty of attention:

Monday, Oct. 26 -- Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, PRIME, FS-SD, CSN-CH): It's a rematch of the 2015 Western Conference Final, when the Blackhawks rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win the series in seven games and ultimately go on to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in the past six seasons. Chicago will be seeking its fourth straight win; Anaheim is in last place in the Pacific Division (1-5-1) and has scored six goals in seven games.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 -- Columbus Blue Jackets at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, MSG+): The Blue Jackets finally got in the win column with a 4-3 victory at the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, their second game under coach John Tortorella. New Jersey has won four games in a row after an 0-3-1 start. Tuesday marks the start of four straight for the Devils against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 -- Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN): It's the nightcap of a nationally-televised doubleheader featuring two of the best teams in the West in the early going. The Predators are atop the Central Division (6-1-1), allowing two goals per game.

Thursday, Oct. 29 -- Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, BELL TV, ROOT): Sabres coach Dan Bylsma returns to Consol Energy Center for the first time since being fired by the Penguins in June 2014. Buffalo has won twice in eight games and has lost its two road games. Pittsburgh is 4-4-0 and has been outscored 16-13.

Saturday, Oct. 31 -- Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers (10 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports): The Battle of Alberta continues at Rexall Place, where the Flames will attempt to avenge a 5-2 loss on home ice on Oct. 17.


Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild -- The veteran center extended his point streak to six games with a power-play goal Sunday during a 5-4 loss at the Winnipeg Jets. Koivu, 32, ranks second on the Wild with seven points (three goals, four assists) in eight games.

Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils -- Offense was supposed to be difficult to come by in New Jersey this season, but the Devils have scored at least three goals in each of their past three games. Henrique has five points in his past two and is second on the team in scoring with nine points (six goals) in eight games.

Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers -- It becomes clearer by the day that Jagr can play as long as he wants. The 43-year-old leads the Panthers in scoring (six goals, four assists in eight games) and already has three multipoint games this season. In 28 games since being traded from New Jersey to Florida, Jagr has 12 goals and 16 assists.


Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings -- With center Brad Richards out because of a back injury, Larkin was removed from the top line and replaced Richards as the Red Wings' second-line center between Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Tatar. Larkin had an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Calgary Flames on Friday.

"I liked lots of it. I thought the Larkin line was probably our best line [Friday night]," coach Jeff Blashill told the Red Wings website. "Potentially I should have gotten them more ice time. They seemed to generate the most, they didn't give up much (and) they played real well defensively."

Kevin Klein, New York Rangers -- The top defensive pairing for New York had a different look over the weekend, with Klein moving up to skate with Ryan McDonagh. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has not been pleased with the play of Dan Girardi and Klein is capable of contributing at each end of the ice.

Klein scored his second goal of the season Sunday, a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames. Girardi scored too.

"Since we've put them together, I think they've been very physical and dependable in our own end," Vigneault said.

Carl Hagelin, Anaheim Ducks -- The speedy forward found himself skating with center Ryan Getzlaf on Saturday, when coach Bruce Boudreau benched Patrick Maroon, Shawn Horcoff and Chris Stewart during a 3-0 loss at the Minnesota Wild.

"I just went down to three lines. That's it," Boudreau said, according to the Orange County Register. "At that point, those are the three I chose not to play."


Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk played through knee pain Sunday in relief of Darcy Kuemper. "I wanted to stay in there and see if we could have a chance to come back," Dubnyk said after the 5-4 loss at the Winnipeg Jets. "For a little bit there in the second period, it's hard to play when you're thinking about whether you're capable of certain movements, but we worked on it between the second and third. It's not something structural. I fully believe it's going to be fine going forward." … Forward Jaden Schwartz is the latest player on the St. Louis Blues' roster who is out because of an injury (ankle), joining forwards Paul Stastny (foot), Robby Fabbri (concussion) and Patrik Berglund (shoulder), and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body). Schwartz will be re-evaluated in three months; Fabbri and Shattenkirk could be back as early as Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. … New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano on the Columbus Blue Jackets' dismissal of coach Todd Richards last week: "Todd is obviously a good friend and he's a real good coach. You know the way it is in this business: players win and coaches lose. That's the way it is. But he's a heck of a guy and he's a great coach and I'm sure he's going to land on his feet somewhere."


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