CANADIENS (30-17-8) at COYOTES (17-28-6)
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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
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
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Peter Holland, Josh Jooris
Injured: Brad Richardson (broken leg)
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.
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.