Game Day: Montreal Canadiens @ Phoenix Coyotes

The Montreal Canadiens are coming off of a 3-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night, and head into Arena as the first team the Coyotes have faced since they beat those same Oilers 4-2 on Saturday night.  Phoenix, however, are winless against Montreal through the last 11 games between the two.  Tonight's matchup also happens to be the 2500th against the Canadiens since the beginning of the Jets'/Coyotes' franchise.

The Canadiens are 4-5-1 in their last stretch of ten games, including four wins in a row, whereas Phoenix has hopped up to 8th spot in the Western Conference after going 6-3-1 in their last ten.  This is the last time Phoenix plays host before November 23rd, as they will embark on a roadtrip to San Jose, Toronto, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Washington after this game.  The Habs will move on to Nashville before returning home to face Buffalo and Carolina.
Quick Hits: Canadiens
Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal for the Habs on Tuesday night. He currently leads them in that category with 6.  He, P.K. Subban and Erik Cole were responsible for 15 of the Canadiens' 29 shots in that game.
♦ Habs' centre Tomas Plekanec has 7 points in 5 meetings with the Coyotes and leads the Habs' scoring race with 13 points.
♦ Shane Doan's second cousin, Carey Price, has a 1.74 goals-against average and is unbeaten (4-0-0) against Phoenix.
♦ The status of Andrei Kostitsyn remains day-to-day, but he made the trip with the team and was the one to score the overtime winner in the last Habs'/Coyotes' game on October 25th, 2010.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Phoenix may be able to count on a return to the ice by Martin Hanzal, who sat out the last two games and had seven points in the three games before that.
♦ David Schlemko and Rostislav Klesla have quietly made their mark on the defensive side of things for the Coyotes, sporting a +9 and +7 respectively.  Together they blocked six shots and had six hits against the Oilers.
♦ Mike Smith has stopped 131 of 139 shots in the last four straight wins. He is 2-0-2 vs. Montreal in his career with a 2.11 goals-against average.
♦ Ray Whitney had another multi-point game on Saturday, bringing his points-total to 14, two more than Radim Vrbata


George Prax's picture

This one's going to be tough for you isn't it? Personally it's going to be tough for me to stay awake. 9PM. What am I a teenager?

czechtacular's picture

I refer you to my latest twitpic as to how I'm going to deal with this game. Laughing out loud Laughing out loud also thanks for clarifying, I thought it was on later than 9 for some reason. Silly daylight savings!