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Preview: Flyers at Canadiens

Goalie Steve Mason will start for Philadelphia; Montreal makes changes on power play

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

FLYERS (2-2-1) at CANADIENS (4-0-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, CSN-PH, NHL.TV

 

Flyers team scope

Goalie Steve Mason will start his fifth consecutive game for the Philadelphia Flyers. Coach Dave Hakstol said his decision was about Mason's recent play rather than trying to get him in a rhythm. Mason, 1-2-1 with a 3.35 goals-against average and .882 save percentage, made 27 saves in a 6-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 22. "There's no forethought in trying to get one guy going or the other guy going," Hakstol told Philly.com after the morning skate. "He's played two real solid games. He got the win the other night, and it's more about how he played." Right wing Dale Weise will serve the second of his three-game suspension and miss his first opportunity to face Montreal since he was traded by the Canadiens to the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 26. The Flyers play the Canadiens again at Bell Centre on Nov. 5.

 

Canadiens team scope

The Montreal Canadiens tweaked their power-play units Monday, using four forwards on their first unit with right wing Alexander Radulov at the right point, defenseman Shea Weber on the left point, and Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher up front. Coach Michel Therrien confirmed he would use the formation against the Flyers at the suggestion of associate coach Kirk Muller. "This is something that we discussed about with Kirk," Therrien said. "As we all know, he's responsible for the power play and we're sharing different things and we have that in our back pocket, because we still like [Andrei] Markov and Weber on the point, and Jeff Petry's doing a good job as well. And we just want to try different things, that's why, it's still really early in the season." Gallagher is looking forward to seeing what Radulov can bring to the first unit. "You've seen it early on, he's such a talented player, you just want to get the puck on his stick as much as you can," Gallagher said. "And to get him back there, he's going to have a lot of open space to make plays so I think we're excited for it."

 

Flyers projected lineup

Brayden Schenn -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Nick Cousins -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde -- Boyd Gordon -- Roman Lyubimov

Andrew MacDonald -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Nick Schultz -- Mark Streit

Ivan Provorov -- Brandon Manning

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: None

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (lower body), Scott Laughton (lower body), Michael Raffl (upper body)

Suspended: Radko Gudas, Dale Weise

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Tomas Plekanec -- Alexander Radulov

Paul Byron -- David Desharnais -- Andrew Shaw

Phillip Danault -- Torrey Mitchell -- Brian Flynn

Nathan Beaulieu -- Shea Weber

Andrei Markov -- Jeff Petry

Alexei Emelin -- Greg Pateryn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: Mikhail Sergachev, Daniel Carr

Injured: Zach Redmond (broken foot)

 

Status report

Del Zotto skated at Bell Centre on Monday and hopes to return Nov. 5, when he is eligible to come off the long-term injury reserve list. ... Gudas will sit out the final game of his six-game suspension and is eligible to return against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. ... Markov, who was displaced from the first power-play unit, replaced Beaulieu on the second unit, teaming up with Petry, his defense partner at full strength. "He's an easy guy to play with," Petry said. "You know, he's so good with the puck that I know when he's got the puck that I've just got to find a way to get open and he'll find a way to get the puck to me." ... Sergachev will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game. The 18-year-old defenseman played three of Montreal's first four games.

 

Who's hot

Voracek had two goals and an assist in the win against the Hurricanes, and has two goals and four assists during a three-game point streak. … Read has scored five times during a four-game goals streak. ... Giroux has six assists during a four-game point streak. ... Simmonds also has points in four consecutive games (four goals and one assist). ... Konecky has five assists. ... Galchenyuk has a point in all five games (one goal and four assists). ... Pacioretty has a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists). ... Mitchell has scored in consecutive games.

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