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7:30 PM ET  Vancouver @ Montreal  TSN2, RDS, SNP


Price poised for return: The best news coming out of the Canadiens’ practice Wednesday was the appearance of goaltender Carey Price, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury. Price, who had an 8-3 record in December, said he expects to play, but the final decision on his availability won’t be made until after the morning skate. There’s also the possibility the Finnish line of Artturi Lehkonen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia will be reunited. Armia has been cleared for action after missing 25 games with a knee injury and he’ll be assessed in the morning.

Shaw is out: While Price and Armia figure to be back in the lineup, feisty forward Andrew Shaw missed practice Wednesday. He suffered an upper-body injury in the first period against Dallas. The Canadiens didn’t offer any further information on the nature of the injury, but Shaw has a history of concussions. Shaw, who was limited to 51 games last season because of concussions and a knee injury that required surgery during the off-season, was on his way to a career season with 11 goals and 24 points. He had 11 of those points in December.

The matchup: The Canadiens are home after going 4-2 on their annual holiday season road trip. They finished Monday with a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win in Dallas. December was a very good month for the Canadiens, who won 10 of 15 games and six of their nine road games. This is the start of a three-game homestand, which continues Saturday when P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators are at the Bell Centre. Vancouver, which is coming off a 4-0 loss in New Jersey on Monday, is 6-3 in its last 10 games and is two points out of a wild-card spot in the West.

Confident Danault finds the net: Phillip Danault says confidence is the biggest reason for his increased goal production on the Canadiens’ recent road trip. Danault had his first NHL hat-trick to spur the Canadiens’ 4-3 overtime win in Las Vegas on Dec. 23 and, on Monday, he scored twice in Dallas to send that game into overtime. Danault said his recent success has encouraged him to shoot more. But scoring is only part of his game. He has won 51.8 per cent of his faceoffs against the opposition’s top lines and has a team-best plus-11 rating.

The other guys: Elias Pettersson, a 19-year-old Swede who is the favourite to win rookie-of-the-year honours, leads the Canucks with 19 goals and 39 points. Bo Horvat has 17 and goals and 35 points, while Brock Boeser — who was on the NHL rookie all-star team last season — has 14 goals and 12 assists despite missing 13 games this season with a groin injury. The Canucks resemble the Canadiens because they are a young team that’s retooling after the retirement of Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Vancouver has 12 regulars 25 or younger.

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14 minutes ago, Habs_Hockey_Nutz said:

Petterson had a hat-trick last night... now has 22 goals and 42 points to lead all rookies by a fair margin

So, what you're saying is that Petterson is all goaled out, and won't score against us? :5210:





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Habs apparent first power play unit looks like it’s tipping off Armia’s imminent return:

Drouin - Domi - Tatar

John Lu:

Habs practice (*Danault maintenance day):

Tatar - Peca* - Gallagher
Drouin - Domi - Byron
Lehkonen - Kotkaniemi - Armia
Agostino - Chaput - Deslauriers/Hudon

Reilly - Weber
Benn - Petry
Kulak - Mete
Alzner - Schlemko


And then we have Eric Engels  re the defense:

Habs defence pairings remain the same. Weber-Mete, Reilly-Petry, Kulak-Benn. Extra: Schlemko-Alzner.



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1 hour ago, kinot-2 said:

abs defence pairings remain the same. Weber-Mete, Reilly-Petry, Kulak-Benn. Extra: Schlemko-Alzner.

Finally happy with the defense.  Would rather have Juulsen in for Benn but i can handle him down in the minors for a few more games to work on stuff. Seemed to help Mete & he's getting a fair look now. 

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Matchup by All Habs staff
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | January 3, 7:30 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, SNP

2018-19 statistics

44 (18th) Points (rank) 47 (13th)
20-19-4 Record 21-14-5
11-10-3 Away/Home 10-7-2
6-3-1 Last 10 6-4-0
2.95 GF/G 3.15
3.12 GA/G 3.20
18.6 PP% 13.4
77.5 PK% 76.6
47.07  CF%  54.28
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