Habs this week - Nov. 2, 2009

Monday, 02.11.2009 / 12:04 PM / News
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MONTREAL – An emotion-filled week awaits the Canadiens as the Thrashers return for the second time in two weeks, the Bruins roll out the welcome mat in Boston and the Lightning make their first trip of the year to the Bell Centre.

Canadiens vs Thrashers – Tuesday, November 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

It’s been just two weeks since the last time the Thrashers visited the Bell Centre. The most recent meeting went down to the wire thanks to a spectacular display by young netminder Ondrej Pavelec, who turned away 34 of 35 Canadiens shots. The two teams needed a shootout to determine a winner, with goals by Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta sealing the victory for the Habs. The story of Tuesday’s game may yet again be Pavelec, who is coming off an astonishing 50-save performance in a 3-1 win over the Sens on Halloween.

Ilya Kovalchuk won’t be making the trip from Atlanta with his teammates, with the injured star sniper still nursing a broken bone in his foot.

Canadiens @ Bruins – Thursday, November 5 @ 7:00 p.m.

A classic Original 6 rivalry heats up in Beantown this Thursday as fans will finally get to see Chara and Co. take on the Canadiens in the 2009-10 regular season. There will be a familiar face looking back at the returning players in the Habs’ lineup, as Steve Begin faces off against his former team for the first time. Begin has racked up six points in 13 games for the black and gold so far this year.

The newcomers to the Habs dressing room may not have faced Boston just yet, but they’re already well-versed in Canadiens-Bruins history. In just three career games vs. the B’s, Michael Cammalleri has scored three goals and added two helpers and in 33 lifetime appearances against Boston, Scott Gomez has 25 points to his credit. The most consistent Bruins-killer on the roster is Andrei Kostitsyn, who has collected a point per game against Boston in 17 career meetings.

Canadiens vs Lightning – Saturday, November 7 @ 7:00 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Lightning bundle up in their winter coats and migrate north this weekend to enjoy the chill of a Montreal November. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Alex Tanguay, who will be playing his former team for the first time since joining the Bolts this offseason.

Saturday’s game will also be the first return trip to la Belle Province for second-overall pick Victor Hedman since being drafted at the Bell Centre this June, while Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis will be making the trek back to their home province this weekend. The Canadiens’ defense corps will have a busy night ahead of them, which doesn’t bother the blue-liners in the slightest. Owning a career-best plus-27 all-time against the Lightning, Hal Gill is counting the days before Tampa comes to town.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.

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