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CANUCKS (18-8-2) at CANADIENS (17-10-2)

TV: RDS, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Pacific

Radio: TSN 690 CKGM, TSN 1040 CKST

Season series: Forward Daniel Sedin's goal at 2:45 of overtime on Oct. 30 gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena. The Canucks had a 2-0 lead before forward Max Pacioretty's game-tying goal with 2:33 left in regulation. Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller made 23 saves.

Canucks team scope: Nearing the end of a season-long seven-game road trip, Vancouver had Monday off following a 4-3 overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. The Canucks, 3-2-1 on the trip, allowed four unanswered goals against the Senators and were outshot 22-7 on the power play, including 15-2 in the second period. It was the second time this season Vancouver lost back-to-back games, and the first time on the road. "I don't think we played very well, to be honest," forward Brad Richardson told the Vancouver Sun. "They were a lot more desperate than us." Miller is 1-2-0 with a 4.58 goals-against average in his past three starts since shutting out the New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets in consecutive games, and coach Willie Desjardins could stick with Eddie Lack, who made 41 saves in the loss Sunday.

Canadiens team scope: Montreal is 1-5-1 in their past seven games after starting the season 16-5-1. Coach Michel Therrien made changes to the Canadiens lines at practice Monday, moving Alex Galchenyuk to center the first line between Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, and David Desharnais to the third line flanked by Michael Bournival and PA Parenteau. Forward Sven Andrighetto, who scored in his NHL debut Saturday against the Dallas Stars, skated on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Jiri Sekac. "When you play with a different guy, it forces you to focus a little bit more," Therrien told the Canadiens website. "I see a lot of positives about changing our lines and forcing the players to focus on small details." Therrien confirmed defenseman Mike Weaver sustained a concussion Saturday and won't play Tuesday. Center Lars Eller (upper body) went for tests Monday and defenseman Bryan Allen (flu) missed practice.

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Looking forward to seeing a full game with these line combinations.

Realistically, we have to keep expectations in check for a few games, but it's difficult when you're excited!

I hope Desharnais and PA light it up, just as much as I want to see Pacioretty's line have success. If they both work out, there will be no reason to revert back. Cautiously hopeful that ends up being the case.

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Cost of a hot dog at tonight's game: $5

Cost of a beer at tonight's game: $10

Value of a ticket for tonight's somber evening in honour of Mr. Beliveau: Priceless!

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Let's see if the team can concentrate on the game after the ceremonies.

I'm guessing they either...

1. come out flying & win the game (the way "this" game should be)

2. get completely blown out of the frozen water

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wth? can they do that after a faceoff?

They can't. It's a clear violation of the rules:

78.6 Video Review - Any potential goal requiring video review must be reviewed prior to or during the next stoppage of play. No goal may be awarded (or disallowed) as a result of video review once the puck has been dropped and play has resumed.

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