Last year whenever we talked about setting records, it usually involved Carey Price breaking some Canadiens franchise record. This year, the Canadiens have a chance at tying the league record for most wins to start a season if they are able to capture their 10th win in a row tonight in Vancouver.
There's reason to be optimistic that the Habs can pull this off tonight, as they face a Canucks team that is at the end of a 5-game home-stand where they have lost every single game (0-2-2). The Canucks started the year as one of the top teams in the league, but now find themselves ranked somewhere in the middle with a record 3-2-3. Factor in that Vancouver is the home-ground of both Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher, and it might seem like the Canucks are ripe for the taking to give the Canadiens their historic 10th win in a row.
On the other hand, the Canucks will be motivated to rebound against the best team in the league. As a season ebbs and flows, certain games stand out as opportunities to make statements, and this will undoubtedly be the the attitude of the Canucks tonight when they welcome the Habs to Rogers Arena. Add to this the fact that the Habs looked to have strayed from their game plan over the last 2 games, having allowed 88 shots on net in the last 2 games on 146 shot attempts (while putting up 53 shots on net on 136 shot attempts), there is some cause for concern that the Canadiens are reverting back to their old ways.
The puck drops at 10:00PM EDT.
How To Watch:
In the Canadiens' region (French): RDS
In the Canadiens' region (English): City M
In the Canucks' region (English): SNV
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice
|Max Pacioretty||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Lars Eller||Alex Galchenyuk||Alexander Semin|
|Tomas Fleischmann||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Brian Flynn||Torrey Mitchell||Devante Smith-Pelly|
|Andrei Markov||P.K. Subban|
|Alexei Emelin||Jeff Petry|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Tom Gilbert|
Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi, Paul Byron
Injuries: Michael Bournival (post-concussion syndrome)
|Daniel Sedin||Henrik Sedin||Radim Vrbata|
|Alexander Burrows||Brandon Sutter||Jannik Hansen|
|Sven Baertschi||Bo Hovart||Jake Virtanen|
|Brandon Prust||Jared McCann||Adamn Cracknell|
|Alexander Edler||Christopher Tanev|
|Dan Hamhuis||Yannick Weber|
|Ben Hutton||Luca Sbisa|
Scratched: Adamn Cracknell, Matt Bartkowski
Injuries: Chris Higgins (foot), Jacob Markstrom (hamstring)
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