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Montreal seeks to avoid fifth consecutive defeat; Dell looks to win sixth start in row for San Jose

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

SHARKS (20-12-4) at CANADIENS (16-19-4)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, NBCSCA, NHL.TV 


The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will try to avoid their fifth straight loss when they face the San Jose Sharks at Bell Centre on Tuesday in their first home game since Dec. 14.

Montreal went 2-5-0 on a seven-game road trip, including four consecutive regulation losses for the first time this season.

The Sharks, 6-2-2 in their past 10 games, look to rebound in the second game of a five-game road trip that began with a 6-0 loss at the Dallas Stars on Sunday.


Players to watch

Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell seeks to win his sixth start in a row; he's 5-0-0 with eight goals allowed and one shutout in his past five starts.

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has not scored a goal since Nov. 30. He has no points in his past five games, four assists in his past 12 games and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past 21 games.


They said it

"I know we'll be better tonight. I also know Montreal's going to be very good. You know what they say about a wounded animal, you know how dangerous it is, and I think we're going to see their best game tonight, and I think we know that." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer

"I just want to try and help this team win games, and whether it's [Tuesday] or the next game, I've just got to try and pitch in when I can." -- Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Joonas Donskoi

Mikkel Boedker -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Joel Ward -- Melker Karlsson

Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Joakim Ryan -- Dylan DeMelo

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Tim Heed, Paul Martin, Jannik Hansen

Injured: Barclay Goodrow (lower body)


Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jonathan Drouin -- Artturi Lehkonen

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Charles Hudon

Paul Byron -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Andrew Shaw -- Daniel Carr

Jordie Benn -- Jeff Petry

Karl Alzner -- David Schlemko

Joe Morrow -- Jakub Jerabek

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Jacob de la Rose, Byron Froese, Brett Lernout

Injured: Shea Weber (foot), Ales Hemsky (upper body), Al Montoya (concussion)


Status report

The Canadiens did not hold a morning skate. ... Montoya took part in a full practice on Monday for the first time since Nov. 9.


Stat pack

Thornton has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games, and needs three points to tie Adam Oates (1,420) for 17th place on the NHL all-time list. … Burns has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. ... Pavelski has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. … Price is 1-3-0 with nine goals allowed in his past four starts.

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