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Preview: Canadiens at Coyotes

Montreal tries to end four-game losing streak; Arizona seeks fifth win in seven games

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

CANADIENS (30-17-8) at COYOTES (17-28-6)

9 p.m. ET; FS-A, SNE, RDS, NHL.TV


Canadiens team scope

The Montreal Canadiens will have some new faces in the lineup when they try to end a season-long four-game losing streak. The Canadiens recalled forwards Michael McCarron and Daniel Carr from St. John of the American Hockey League and returned forward Jacob De La Rose. McCarron and Carr will be in the lineup for Montreal, which has been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since March 24-26, 2011. The 4-0 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday extended their scoreless streak to 137:11. Montreal did not practice Wednesday, but TVA Sports reported that general manager Marc Bergevin had separate meetings with the players and coach Michel Therrien. Despite going 3-6-2 in their past 11 games, the Canadiens have an eight-point lead over the second-place Ottawa Senators in the Atlantic Division. Goalie Carey Price, second cousin of Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan, will try to end a personal three-game losing streak. 


Coyotes team scope

Center Martin Hanzal did not practice Wednesday and was missing from the morning skate because of illness. He will be a game-time decision. Defenseman Alex Goligoski was also ill this week but is expected to play. The Coyotes will go for their fifth win in their past seven games, a spurt that's been fueled by the offense. Arizona has scored at least three goals in six of its past eight games. "We played with a lot of passion and commitment to doing things right and playing hard, and that's what he expect tonight," coach Dave Tippett said. The Coyotes will play the first of seven games in a 12-day span. "It's not a lot of practice time and we don't expect them to have a lot of practice but make sure you bring every bit of energy to the games," Tippett said. "And that's what we're looking for." Forward Ryan White was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (No. 66) of the 2006 NHL Draft and said playing them still has a special meaning. "Definitely had that one circled on the calendar," White said. "It's always fun to go out there and play hard against your old team."


Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Alexander Radulov

Artturi Lehkonen -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Paul Byron

Sven Andrighetto -- Tomas Plekanec -- Andrew Shaw

Torrey Mitchell -- Michael McCarron -- Daniel Carr

Alexei Emelin -- Shea Weber

Nathan Beaulieu -- Jeff Petry

Andrei Markov -- Greg Pateryn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: David Desharnais, Brian Flynn, Nikita Nesterov

Injured: Brendan Gallagher (hand)

Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Martin Hanzal -- Radim Vrbata

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Shane Doan

Max Domi -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Jamie McGinn

Lawson Crouse -- Jordan Martinook -- Ryan White

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Michael Stone

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Peter Holland, Josh Jooris

Injured: Brad Richardson (broken leg)


Status report

McCarron and Carr will replace Desharnais and Flynn, and Pateryn will take Nesterov's place on defense. … If Hanzal is unable to play, Holland will replace him between Rieder and Vrbata.


Who's hot

Pacioretty has five points (four goals, assist) in his past five games and needs one goal for 200 in his NHL career. … White has scored three goals with an assist in his past five games.

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