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Canadiens at Ducks preview

Montreal looks to end six-game losing streak; Anaheim in search of offense

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

CANADIENS (1-5-1) at DUCKS (2-3-1)

10 p.m. ET; PRIME, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will try to avoid matching their worst eight-game start since 1941 when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday. The Canadiens have lost six in a row and are one of two NHL teams (Arizona Coyotes) without a regulation victory this season.

The Ducks are playing the second game of seven straight against Eastern Conference opponents. They've gone 10-2-1 at home against teams from the East since a 2-1 victory against Montreal on Nov. 29, 2016.
Anaheim has scored two goals in its past two games a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday and a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. John Gibson will start in goal.

The Canadiens, who conclude a three-game California road trip, lost 5-2 at the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday and lost 5-1 at the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Carey Price will start.

Video: MTL@SJS: Price shuts the door on Thornton's wrister

 

Players to watch

Montreal defenseman Shea Weber, who spent 11 seasons with the Nashville Predators and played Anaheim plenty, has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 36 career games against the Ducks, including five power-play goals.

Center Antoine Vermette leads current Ducks players in points against the Canadiens with 13 (10 goals, three assists) in 43 career games. He currently leads the NHL in face-off win percentage among players with at least 40 face-offs taken (67.5).

Video: MTL@SJS: Weber hammers scorching one-timer past Jones

 

They said it

"You've got to get mean, you've got to get ugly, you've got to get dirty, and you've got to get aggressive." -- Montreal forward Andrew Shaw on how to end the losing streak

"We're six games in, but it feels like January already, in terms of how you're fighting for points and fighting for wins." -- Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Jonathan Drouin -- Alex Galchenyuk

Artturi Lehkonen -- Tomas Plekanec -- Ales Hemsky

Paul Byron -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Jacob De La Rose -- Brendan Gallagher

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Joe Morrow -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Torrey Mitchell

Injured: David Schlemko (hand)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Andrew Cogliano -- Rickard Rakell -- Jakob Silfverberg

Ondrej Kase -- Antoine Vermette -- Corey Perry

Nick Ritchie -- Derek Grant -- Chris Wagner

Jared Boll -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Jaycob Megna -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (lower body), Patrick Eaves (lower body), Ryan Miller (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Hampus Lindholm (shoulder surgery), Sami Vatanen (shoulder surgery)

 

Status report

Getzlaf skated on Friday, but he and Eaves remain day to day after missing the past game and four of the past six. Vatanen and Lindholm have been practicing, but have not been cleared.

 

Stat pack

The Ducks are the only NHL team with short-handed goals from two defensemen, Fowler and Montour. … Price finished fifth in the League with a 2.23 goals-against average last season. He enters Friday with a 3.56 GAA, which is 28th among NHL goalies with at least four appearances this season.

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