Habs this week – Nov. 16, 2009
Canadiens vs Hurricanes – Tuesday, November 17 @ 7:30 p.m.
After suffering through a dismal start to the season, the Hurricanes find themselves in the NHL’s basement with just three wins in 19 games so far this year. The NHL’s 30th-overall team will look to add another win to that column on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Last season, each of the games between the Habs and the ‘Canes was decided by a single goal, two of which needed more than 60 minutes to determine a winner. It was also against Carolina that Carey Price posted a career-high 46 saves on November 18, 2008, before topping that total with a 53-save performance against the Predators last Saturday night.
Canadiens @ Capitals – Friday, November 20 @ 7:00 p.m.
From the bottom to nearly the top, Jacques Martin’s troops head to Washington to take on Alex Ovechkin and Co. in the U.S. capital. The Caps have exploded out of the gates to start the campaign, enjoying a 12-4-4 record for 28 points so far, good enough for second in the Eastern Conference.
The Habs’ defense will have their hands full with the Capitals’ offense, which has produced more goals than any other team so far this season, generating an average of 3.65 goals per game. To counter that, Jaroslav Spacek’s 19 points in 26 career games against Washington mark his highest production against any NHL club. Scott Gomez is no slouch, either, with 30 points in 34 career games against the Caps. The Canadiens’ leading scorer, Tomas Plekanec, has 14 points in 16 games all-time in his own right.
Canadiens vs Red Wings – Saturday, November 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
While it’s always an event when the Red Wings come to town, this upcoming tilt with Detroit will have a distinct twinge of nostalgia. For the first time, the Habs will be sporting their blue and white jerseys that hearken back to their inception in 1909-10.
This marks the first match-up between the Wings and Habs since last November 26 when the Canadiens earned a 3-1 win over Detroit.
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.
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