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Canadiens, Flames meet for 100th time @NHLdotcom

CANADIENS (2-0-0) at FLAMES (2-0-0)

Season series: This is the first of two meetings for the 2009-10 season. These teams split the season series in 2008-09, each winning by a wide margin at home. Robert Lang (2-1-3), now with Phoenix, and Alexei Kovalev (0-3-3), now with Ottawa, led the Canadiens with 3 points apiece. Lang and Matt D'Agostini were the only Montreal players with 2 goals each. The Flames were led by Matt Lombardi's 3 points (1-2-3), but he now plays in Phoenix. Dustin Boyd scored a team-high 2 goals. Goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Miikka Kiprusoff of Montreal and Calgary, respectively, each had a win and a loss.

Big story: This will be the 100th all-time regular season game between these clubs, and Montreal holds a 54-29-15-1 advantage. The main storyline is the return of former Flame Mike Cammalleri to Calgary with his new club. Last season, Cammalleri scored a career-high 39 goals with 82 points playing mostly on a line with Jarome Iginla, but opted to join Montreal as a free agent and sign a five-year contract.

"Well, I hope they don't boo," Cammalleri told the Calgary Herald. "The Calgary fans are great. I loved playing there. I enjoyed it. I hope they know that. I think they do. If they do (boo), I understand it's just because they're Flames fans. Nothing personal.

"I'm really looking forward to coming back. I have been for a while. It'll feel weird, I guess. So early in the schedule, too. I'm going to enjoy the experience. But there are no hard feelings. On either side."

Team scope:

Canadiens: Montreal will look to end a four-game losing streak at the Pengrowth Saddledome dating back to Jan. 5, 2002.

With 2 goals in his first two games, Travis Moen will be shooting for three straight for the first time in his career.

Twenty-one-year-old Swiss defenseman Yannick Weber is expected to make his season debut in place of injured teammates Andrei Markov and Ryan O'Byrne.

Montreal is 2-0-0 thanks to consecutive overtime wins against division rivals Toronto and Buffalo, and became the third team in League history to begin a season with two overtime victories, joining the 1984-85 Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Sabres.

Calgary is the first stop on the Canadiens' three-game western road trip. They have yet to play a home game and won't make it back to Montreal until Oct. 15.

Flames: Cammalleri's loss is David Moss' gain. The 27-year-old left wing inherited Cammalleri's spot on the top line with Iginla and Olli Jokinen and scored 2 goals (one on the power play) in Saturday's win at Edmonton. The second goal came with 49 seconds remaining in regulation.

"I'm a huge David Moss fan," Cammalleri told the Calgary Herald. "He's a big body who can make the subtle little plays. Good feel offensively. Strong skater. I wish Mosser nothing but success. I see him as a really good fit on that line."

Moss scored 20 goals in 2008-09.

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, a major off-season acquisition in a trade with Florida, is off to a good start with 2 assists and a plus-3 rating in two games. Both points came against Edmonton, his hometown team, last Saturday.

Who's hot: Montreal goaltender Carey Price is 2-0-0 with a 1.89 GAA and a .951 save percentage, and wingers Moen and Brian Gionta have scored goals in both games. Six players are tied with 2 points apiece for the Canadiens.

Calgary goaltender Kiprusoff is 2-0-0 with a 3.00 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Rene Bourque had a team-high 3 points with a goal and 2 assists, and Moss leads with 2 goals.

Injury report: For the Canadiens, defensemen Markov and O'Byrne are out long-term with injuries. Centers Kyle Chipchura and Olivier Fortier are both on injured reserve with shoulder injuries, and defenseman Alex Henry is on injured reserve with a fractured hand. Flames defenseman Cory Sarich is day-to-day with a bruised foot.

Stat pack: Both Montreal and Calgary are near the bottom of the League in shots against per game with 40.5 and 38.0, respectively.

Three of nine goals by Calgary have come from defensemen -- Mark Giordano, Dion Phaneuf and Adam Pardy. Defenseman Josh Gorges has one of Montreal's six goals.

Puck drop: There is a real possibility for a high-scoring game -- both teams have a lot of gifted offensive players, and Price and Kiprusoff have faced the second and third most shots in the League with 81 and 76, respectively.

-- Rocky Bonanno,



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