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 Nov 17 7:00 PM ET    Montreal @ Vancouver   HNIC, TVAS, TSN 690


The Game

Goalie Carey Price will try to build on a strong performance when the Montreal Canadiens play Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

Price made 43 saves in a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, his first start in a week. Price backed up Antti Niemi in the two games before that after going 1-3-1 with an .854 save percentage in his previous five starts.

Montreal has won two of its past three games after losing three of the previous four.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom is expected to start for Vancouver after Richard Bachman made his first start since April 9, 2017, in a 6-2 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. It was the fourth straight loss for the Canucks, who are coming off a 1-3-2 road trip.



Players to watch

Montreal center Max Domi has five goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak and 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in his past 15 games.

Canucks center Bo Horvat has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past nine games.


They said it

"I'm comfortable with the rotation. It creates internal competition. I don't want any of the guys to get comfortable." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien on having eight healthy defensemen

"It's going to be nice to get a couple at home. Our home record is pretty good right now, and we've got to be consistent with that." -- Canucks center Bo Horvat after Vancouver played it NHL-high 14th road game in Minnesota.


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Jonathan Drouin -- Max Domi -- Andrew Shaw

Kenny Agostino -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Artturi Lehkonen

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Matthew Peca -- Charles Hudon

Jordie Benn -- Jeff Petry

David Schlemko -- Noah Juulsen

Xavier Ouellet -- Victor Mete

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Karl AlznerMike Reilly

Injured: Shea Weber (knee), Joel Armia (lower body), Paul Byron (lower body), Nikita Scherbak (lower body)



Canucks projected lineup

Antoine Roussel -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Nikolay Goldobin -- Elias Pettersson -- Loui Eriksson

Tim Schaller -- Adam Gaudette -- Brendan Leipsic

Darren Archibald -- Markus Granlund -- Tyler Motte

Ben Hutton -- Erik Gudbranson

Derrick Pouliot -- Christopher Tanev

Michael Del Zotto -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Richard Bachman

Scratched: Brendan GaunceAlex Biega

Injured: Brock Boeser (groin), Brandon Sutter (shoulder), Jay Beagle (arm), Sven Baertschi (concussion), Alexander Edler (knee), Anders Nilsson (finger)



Stat pack

Drouin has two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. … Pettersson does not have a point in his past four games after getting 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in his first 11 games.

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1 hour ago, HabsRuleForever said:

Can we get a complete team effort tonight for 60 minutes?


17 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

It was a pretty common thing the first 10 games or so. Lately it's been a period, and that's stretching it.

That's because we weren't using Deslauriers, Alzner, Schlemko, 1st-pairing Benn, etc. to start the year. Not sure there's been a drop-off in effort so much as a drop-off in talent. When you remove Byron and Armia and sit someone like Reilly/Juulsen/Mete, even though those guys aren't are top players, it takes away the advantage we have of having depth and being able to roll 4 lines that skate well. That wears down the other team. As it stands, we have shifts with our 4th line where we get completely hemmed in and lose all momentum. We have problems with our D not moving the puck up ice. Our PP stinks. And we're taking too many dumb penalties (again, with the 4th line being responsible for more than their fair share of these).

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