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Game #16 Tue, 5 Nov 2013 Blues @ Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS, TSN


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Oh yeah Halak plays for them.

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Last 10: St. Louis 6-2-2; Montreal 5-5-0

Season series: This is the first of two meetings between the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues. The two teams have not met since Jan. 10, 2012, a 3-0 Blues win at Bell Centre.

Big story: That shutout victory 22 months ago was the first time Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak played in Montreal since he was traded to St. Louis by the Canadiens in the summer of 2010. Halak was named first star and received a standing ovation from the crowd that night, but nearly two years have passed since and Canadiens goalie Carey Price is off to an excellent start to the season. Montreal has scored one goal against Halak in two meetings since the trade, and Price is looking for his victory against his former teammate.

“It was my first game back after I got traded,” Halak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday. “It’s always nice to remind myself that it was a great game, but it’s the past. They’ve got a different team now and it’s a different challenge, every game for us and for them, so I’m sure it’s going to be a big game [Tuesday]."

Team scope:

Blues: Coming off a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, the team’s first regulation loss in seven games, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock broke up one of the more effective scoring lines in the NHL at practice Monday in an effort to balance the scoring on his team.

The line of T.J. Oshie, David Backes and Alexander Steen has accounted for 20 of the 43 goals scored this season by the Blues, with 12 coming from Steen alone. But Hitchcock removed Oshie from the line to play him with Derek Roy and Vladimir Sobotka, while Chris Stewart grabbed Oshie’s spot on the top line.

“I’m going to say it again, for us to get better, we need more participants,” Hitchcock told the Post-Dispatch. “So sometimes it doesn’t matter how good you have one line, you need more participants. Possibly it’s the time that they use their impact to help other people play better. We need that. We need more people playing better.”

Canadiens: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien also did some line-juggling at practice Monday, placing Alex Galchenyuk at center of the top line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, while Lars Eller shifted down to the third line between Rene Bourque and Louis Leblanc.

Galchenyuk was moved to his natural center position on that line in the third period of a 4-1 loss Saturday at the Colorado Avalanche when Therrien decided to bench center David Desharnais, who is at risk of being a healthy scratch against St. Louis.

The Canadiens have been reluctant to play Galchenyuk at center because they wanted his transition to the NHL to be a smooth one, but it appears the time for him to make that next transition has arrived.

“I’ve liked his development since last season,” Therrien said. “He’s gained some confidence and he’s gained some comprehension of the game. We’ve been thinking about [moving him to center] for a while, but we needed to find the right moment.

“It just so happened that moment was the third period of the last game. I liked what I saw.”

Who’s hot: For the Blues, Steen has scored at least goal in all but two games in this season, and he has at least a point in all but one game…For the Canadiens, Brendan Gallagher has a goal in two straight games and defenseman P.K. Subban has three points in two games.

Injury report: The Blues will be without forwards Magnus Paajarvi (upper body) and Brenden Morrow (upper body)…The Canadiens will be without forwards Daniel Briere (concussion), Brandon Prust (shoulder) and Travis Moen (face), and defensemen Alexei Emelin (knee) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder).

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Another tough game but the thing is the last 2 games we were not necessarily "beaten" so much as we lost. Had we played a full 60 minutes in either of those games we could have won. Put together a strong performance tonight & who knows, but we're going to need to play as a 5 man unit all night long.

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Great GDT, looking forward to the Game.

It is time for a Hab win. Go Habs Go.

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DD a scratch and Martin St-Pierre takes his place in the lineup. Looks like Chuckie will center Gally and Max.

Thanks for jumping in HRF :) , I thought someone had signed up.

WOW,,,,I didn't think MT had the guts to do it. :o:blink:

I agree with JR, we will have our hands full tonight. :(

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Habs I/O:

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock has broken up the high-scoring line of Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie. Chris Stewart will join Backes and Steen, while Oshie plays with Derek Roy and Vladimir Sobotka.

With David Desharnais a healthy scratch, Michel Therrien will use Alex Galchenyuk at centre between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Lars Eller – will centre Rene Bourque and Louis Leblanc. And Hamilton call-up Martin St. Pierre will play with Ryan White and George Parros. The Tomas Plekanec line, with Brian Gionta and Michaël Bournival, remains intact.

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They're a better team than us so something needs to go right for us to win.

Likely so.

The team is dealing with some injuries and issues, and is still young and developing. Winning should be the goal every night, of course, but if the process is good and the outcome isn't perfect tonight, I think a reasonable measure of satisfaction is an appropriate response. The Blues after all are being widely regarded as favourites for at least the Western Conference Final.

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