The Canadiens (7-5-0) return home to the Bell Centre Tuesday night to host the Stars (5-5-1). The game is set to start at 7:00 and airs on RDS and TSN.
This is the first of two meetings between the Habs and Stars this season. The last time these teams met Kari Lehtonen posted a 31 save shutout as the Stars coasted to a 3-0 win in Montreal. Former Hab Mike Ribiero led the way for Dallas, he picked up a goal and was named the game’s first star.
What to Watch:
What do Montreal’s last 3 wins all have in common? Tomas Plekanec was in the right place at the right time to net the winner for each. Plekanec earned just 1 assist in the first four games of the season but has picked up but he has 6 goals and 9 points in his last 8.
Michael Bournival is on an equally impressive tear, the rookie has 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 6 games.
The new-look Dallas stars will are sporting more than just a fresh jersey this season, there have been plenty of new additions to the roster as well. Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, Shawn Horcoff and Sergei Gonchar all joined the team in the off-season, so did former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. This game will also be the first time the Habs face Erik Cole as a Star. Cole picked up a pair of assists in Dallas’ 4-3 win over the Sabres on Monday, bringing him up to 5 points on the year.
Montreal native Alex Chiasson is off to a hot start for the Stars, he’s fourth in rookie scoring with 5 goals and 9 points in 11 games.
What’s at Stake:
The Habs find themselves in a three-way tie for third in the Atlantic division heading into Tuesday’s action, just two points shy of the division leading Lightning and Maple Leafs. A win would help the Habs keep pace in their crowded division, it would also bring them back up to .500 at the Bell Centre this season.
George Parros (concussion) is participating in practices and traveled to New York with the team on Monday but wasn’t dressed for action, he should be ready to return shortly. That leaves Max Pacioretty (hamstring), Brandon Prust (upper body), Daniel Briere (concussion), Travis Moen (head), Alexei Emelin (knee) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder) in the Habs’ clinic.
The Stars are healthy heading into Tuesday’s game, but Ryan Garbutt is out of the lineup serving a suspension for his hit on Dustin Penner.
On June 20, 2013, the Stars announced that they were in talks with Lindy Ruff to have him take over as head coach. On June 20, 1999, Brett Hull kicked a puck up to his stick in Dominik Hasek’s crease to beat Ruff and the Sabres in the Stanley Cup finals and earn Dallas their first Championship in franchise history. More recently, the Stars have missed the playoffs for 5 straight seasons and are looking for a turnaround this year with Ruff at the helm.
The Question Mark:
If it were up to you, who would be wearing the “C” and the two “A’s” for the Habs this season?
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