Game Day - Avalanche - March 18, 2014
- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning ahead of their tilt against the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell Centre. The Habs will be looking to extend their current winning streak to three games.
- Tuesday night’s tilt will mark the return of Patrick Roy to the Bell Centre for the first as an NHL head coach. In his first season behind the bench in Colorado, the 48-year-old Hall of Famer has sparked a turnaround in the Mile High City, helping the Avalanche earn a spot among the premier teams in the Western Conference.
Michel Therrien, who also worked his way up the coaching ranks via the QMJHL, has a healthy respect for his coaching counterpart and the manner in which he steadily built his resume during eight seasons with the Quebec Remparts. Needless to say, the Canadiens bench boss also understands that a rather unique situation awaits his troops with the return of one of the most decorated Habs in team history.
“It will be a different atmosphere in the building tonight with Patrick’s return. We’ll likely have a very competitive game between the two teams. It shows at what point Patrick is passionate about hockey and about coaching. He could’ve chosen a different road to get there, but the fact that he worked with kids for years, in my eyes, I respect him a lot for that,” offered Therrien.
- With a record of 21-9-2 away from the friendly confines of the Pepsi Center, the Avalanche clearly know what it takes to win on the road. For their part, the Canadiens know full well the bevy of offensively-gifted weapons they’ll be trying to shut down on Tuesday night, and they fully intend on doing just that.
“They’re going to be coming hard to try to get [Patrick] two points, so we’re going to do everything we can to spoil it and continue our push,” offered Brandon Prust, who has five goals and 11 points in 51 games during the 2013-14 campaign. “We know the situation. You don’t have to be from Quebec or a Montreal fan your whole life to know what happened and what he means to Montreal and what he did here, but for us it doesn’t matter. We’re looking for two points. We’re making a push for the playoffs and making sure that we keep climbing in the standings. Whenever we step on the ice, that’s all that matters.”
- Carey Price will be making his 50th start of the season on Tuesday night. Price is 0-2-1 with a 3.61 GAA in three career outings against Colorado. He will go up against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who helped the Avalanche best the Canadiens 4-1 when the two teams met in early November in Denver.
- Based on the lines featured at the morning skate, the Canadiens will likely field the same lineup that bested the Sabres 2-0 on Sunday night in Buffalo.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
Projected lineup vs. Colorado