Habs this week - Oct. 12, 2009
After beginning the 2009-10 season with five straight games on the road, including a treacherous stretch out west, the Canadiens are finally back on their home turf. A welcome change from their recent suitcase ways, Jacques Matrin's troops will now enjoy a season-high six straight games in the friendly confines of the Bell Centre.
Canadiens vs Avalanche - Thursday, October 15 - 7:30 p.m.
Led by new head coach Joe Sacco, the Avs will make their first visit to Montreal in almost three years. The last time Colorado came to town was Jose Theodore's big return to the Bell Centre on October 21, 2006. That night saw the Canadiens shell the former All-Star netminder to the tune of an explosive 8-5 victory.
A sign of the times in today's NHL the only two players remaining from that edition of the Habs are Guillaume Latendresse and Tomas Plekanec. Plekanec will be looking to take over sole possession of the Habs early-season scoring lead which he now shares at four points with Mike Cammalleri and Paul Mara.
Canadiens vs Senators - Saturday, October 17 - 7:00 p.m.
A players who needs no introduction will make his highly-anticipated return to the Bell Centre this coming Saturday as Alex Kovalev will be back in the building for the first time as an Ottawa Senator. Kovalev has gotten off to a slow start with only one point through four games, but he should be raring to go in his first battle with his former teammates.
The will also mark a reunion of sorts for Jacques Martin, who will be coaching against his longtime team for the first time since doing so with the Panthers back on February 7, 2008.
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