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Preview: Canadiens at Ducks

Carey Price, Montreal continue five-game road trip in Anaheim

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

CANADIENS (16-4-2) at DUCKS (10-8-4)

(10 p.m. ET; FS-W, SNE, RDS, NHL.TV)

 

Canadiens team scope

The Montreal Canadiens won't change their approach against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center after starting their five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. "We've got to make sure we don't get caught up and try to play like them because we're built a certain way, to play with speed, and they're more of a grinding, offensive-zone, physical style out here in the west, especially the west coast," Montreal captain Max Pacioretty told the Canadiens website after practice Monday. Pacioretty is confident his line of center Tomas Plekanec and right wing Brendan Gallagher will boost their own offensive production and support the top line of center Alex Galchenyuk, right wing Alexander Radulov and left wing Paul Byron in the process, by playing a strong defense game to create turnovers and generate of the transition. "We got some bounces the last couple of games and hopefully we can ride that momentum, but it starts with taking care of our own end first and that's where we're effective," Pacioretty said.

 

Ducks team scope

Goalie John Gibson will start for Anaheim, which ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Right wing Corey Perry has 12 assists in his past 13 games, including two against San Jose, but has gone 14 games since scoring his last goal on Oct. 26, and will be trying to break that drought against Montreal goalie Carey Price, who was his Team Canada teammate when they won the World Cup of Hockey 2016 in October. "You have to get after him," Perry said in comments tweeted by the Ducks. "You have to get shots, get rebounds and cash in on your opportunities." Price, who improved to 13-1-1 on Saturday, has two shutouts, a 1.66 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage. "He's the best goalie in the league for a reason," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "We need to put pucks on the net and get traffic in front."

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Paul Byron -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Alexander Radulov

Max Pacioretty -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- David Desharnais -- Andrew Shaw

Daniel Carr -- Torrey Mitchell -- Phillip Danault

Alexei Emelin -- Shea Weber

Andrei Markov -- Jeff Petry

Mark Barberio -- Greg Pateryn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: Zach Redmond, Chris Terry

Injured: Nathan Beaulieu (throat), Charles Hudon (sternum), Brian Flynn (upper body)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Ryan Garbutt -- Logan Shaw -- Chris Wagner

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Shea Theodore -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Jared Boll

Injured: Joseph Cramarossa (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body), Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms)

 

Status report

Montreal did not have a morning skate. ... Redmond joined the Canadiens at practice in Anaheim on Monday after he was recalled from St. John's of the AHL. He played two games with St. John's after he broke his foot at the end of training camp.

 

Who's hot

Weber has a goal and four assists in his past four games. ... Galchenyuk has three goals and one assist in his past four games. ... Radulov has a goal and three assists in four games. ... Rakell has scored a goal in four of his past five games. ... Kesler has assists in consecutive games. ... Getzlaf has nine points in 10 games since missing two games because of an upper-body injury.

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