Bell Centre -7.35pm – Nov. 9/2010
The Season So Far – Vancouver (8-3-2) First in Northwest Division; Third in Western Conference; 5th in NHL. Montreal (8-5-1) First in Northeast Division; Third in Eastern Conference. Seventh overall in league.
Last Ten Games – Vancouver (7-2-1) Montreal (6-4-0)
Recently – Vancouver beat Detroit 6-4 at home Saturday – their sixth win in a row. Canadiens lost to Ottawa 3-2 Saturday night at the Bell Centre, their third loss the last four games.
The Last Two Meetings – Feb. 2, 2010@Bell Centre -Montreal-3 Vancouver-2 Halak stops 45 of 47 shots including 20 in third period. Sergei Kostitsyn, Maxim Lapierre and Tomas Plekanec for Montreal. Samuelsson and Kesler for Vancouver. Stopped Vancouver’s 7 game winning streak. Oct.7/2009@Vancouver Canucks-7 Montreal-1. Price lets in seven goals on 32 shots before Halak plays last eight minutes. Henrik Sedin 2 goasl 2 assists. Daniel Sedin 3 assists. Kesler 1 goal 2 assists. Andrei Kostitsyn for Montreal. Canadiens outshot 14-4 infirst period and trailed 3-0. First two Vancouver goals scored on breakaways.
Home/Away – Canucks on the road (2-3-1) Canadiens at home (3-3-1)
Goaltending – Vancouver – Roberto Luongo – Ten games (5-3-2) 2.76GAA .909save%. Cory Schneider Four games (3-0-0) 0.90GAA .969save%. Montreal – Carey Price – (7-5-1) 2.45GAA .911save%.
Who’s Hot – Vancouver – Manny Malhotra scored SHG, PPG plus assist vs. Detroit Saturday night-5 points last 4 games. Daniel Sedin has points in every game this season except one. Raffi Torres has a three game points streak including hattrick vs. Edmonton last week. Canadiens – Halpern/Pouliot/Darche line has scored 10 of the Canadens 32 goals this season with 22 points.
Who’s Not – Canadiens offense – 5 goals in three November games.
Injuries- Vancouver – FWD-Guillaume Desbiens (IR-broken hand); FWD-Alexandre Bolduc (IR-high ankle sprain); D-Sami Salo (IR-torn achilles tendon); D-Ryan Parent (groin). Montreal – None.
Notes- Henrik Sedin ranks second among NHL’s current ironmen with 430 straight games over five years. (Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeeser has played 437 in a row). First game of a five game ten-day road trip (@Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Pittsburgh). Rick Rypien will return to the lineup after serving a six game suspension for grabbing a fan in Minnesota.