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Price can climb NHL wins list; Benn to face Montreal for first time with Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (15-12-6) at CANUCKS (16-14-4)

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


The Game 

Goalie Carey Price can pass Cam Ward for sole possession of 23rd place on the NHL all-time win list when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Price and Ward are tied with 334 NHL victories. Price has played 650 League games; Ward, who retired on Aug. 28, played 701. Price is 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in his past four starts for the Canadiens.

Montreal is 3-1-0 in its past four games after going 1-6-3 in its previous 10.

Canucks defenseman Jordie Benn will face the Canadiens for the first time since signing a two-year contract with Vancouver on July 1. Benn, who has six assists in 34 games, played the past three seasons for Montreal.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom will make his fifth straight start for the Canucks, who are 4-6-0 in their past 10 games.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak and has scored a goal in three straight games.

Canucks forward Brock Boeser has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"It makes it special, it makes it fun, this whole trip. You only get to play in front of your family and friends one time, so you better make it good." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher, one of four players returning to their home province of British Columbia to begin a four-game trip through western Canada

"Any kid dreams about playing for their home team so when you get a chance, you've got to take it. I miss Montreal, miss the boys there, but it's one of those decisions, just a life choice." -- Canucks defenseman Jordie Benn on facing his former teammates for the first time


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Joel Armia

Nick Cousins -- Nick Suzuki -- Jordan Weal

Ryan Poehling -- Nate Thompson -- Riley Barber

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Mike Reilly -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Christian Folin, Lukas Vejdemo

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee), Victor Mete (ankle), Matthew Peca (leg), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion)


Canucks projected lineup 

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Josh Leivo

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tyler Motte -- Jay Beagle -- Brandon Sutter  

Jordie Benn -- Christopher Tanev

Quinn Hughes -- Tyler Myers

Oscar Fantenberg -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Michael DiPietro

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Jalen Chatfield, Tim Schaller

Injured: Thatcher Demko (concussion), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Alexander Edler (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body)


Status report

Reilly, who has been a healthy scratch the previous eight games, takes the place of defenseman Otto Leskinen, who was sent to Laval of the American Hockey League on Saturday. … Kotkaniemi and Mete each practiced Monday and Tuesday in non-contact jerseys and are day to day. … Schaller is a healthy scratch for the second straight game after no points in his past 22.


Stat pack

Danault has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games. … Gallagher has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games. … Virtanen has scored in consecutive games.

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