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Game #13 ~ Montreal Canadiens @ Vegas Golden Knights. Thursday, October 31st, 2019.


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LAS VEGAS - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Thursday night's matchup against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

1. The Canadiens opened their three-game road trip with a 4-1 win over the Coyotes on Wednesday night. Brendan Gallagher registered a goal in his 500th career NHL game. Captain Shea Weber, Nick Cousins and Jonathan Drouin also scored for Montreal, while Carey Price made 33 saves in between the pipes. Claude Julien's squad managed to find the back of the net early in each period versus Arizona. Gallagher's tally came just 22 seconds into the first period, Weber's at the 24-second mark of the middle frame, and Cousins' goal just 77 seconds into the final stanza. It really was a perfect start for the Habs during the current stretch away from the friendly confines of the Bell Centre.

2. When the Canadiens last visited Las Vegas in December 2018, Phillip Danault had himself quite a night. He scored the first hat trick of his NHL career. It was a natural hat trick, nonetheless, and Paul Byron scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame.

It remains to be seen if head coach Claude Julien will be making any lineup changes for the encounter. We'll find out when the veteran bench boss meets the media at T-Mobile Arena at 7:45 p.m. ET. The Canadiens won't be holding a morning skate.

3. Youngster Nick Suzuki has been eagerly awaiting his opportunity to ply his trade in the Golden Knights' home rink. Remember that the 20-year-old London, ON native was selected 13th overall by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Draft. In September 2018, though, Suzuki was traded to the Canadiens along with Tomas Tatar, so this will be his first game in the state-of-the-art facility. His assist on Cousins' goal against Arizona is a good indication that he's up to the challenge.

4. For their part, the Golden Knights should be a well-rested bunch for the Canadiens' lone regular-season visit. Gerard Gallant's club hasn't played since Sunday when they downed the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 5-2 in Sin City. Right-winger Mark Stone leads Vegas in scoring with 16 points (7G, 9A) in 13 games, while centerman William Karlsson and left-winger Max Pacioretty rank second in that department with 11 points each. It just so happens that Pacioretty is only one point shy of reaching the 500-point mark for his NHL career. 

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Following the game, the Canadiens will fly to Dallas. They'll enjoy a day off in the city on Friday before squaring off against the Stars on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center to close out their road swing.



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Just now, campabee82 said:

Was on a Vegas GDT today and they are saying they are going to win 9-1 and USA today did a storey predicting a 5-2 Vegas "Thrashing" of the habs. Would love to see the Habs thrash them lmao

Ya, read that too about the 9-1 thrashing. 

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6 hours ago, campabee82 said:

Was on a Vegas GDT today and they are saying they are going to win 9-1 and USA today did a storey predicting a 5-2 Vegas "Thrashing" of the habs. Would love to see the Habs thrash them lmao


1 minute ago, HabsRuleForever said:


Was quoting Camp. LOL

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