The Canadiens enjoyed a day off Friday at home after beating the Stars 6-4 Thursday night in Dallas.
The Canadiens will play their first home game of 2014 when the Ottawa Senators visit the Bell Centre Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Thursday’s victory gave the Canadiens a 3-2-1 record during their six-game holiday season road trip.
“We had a pretty good road trip and with that kind of record after a tough road trip, we’re feeling pretty good,” P.K. Subban, who had a goal and three assists against the Stars, told reporters after the game.
Following Thursday’s victory, the Canadiens had the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference at 24-14-4 and were third in the Atlantic Division with 52 points, behind Boston (27-12-2) with 56 points and Tampa Bay (24-12-4) with 52 points and two games in hand on Montreal.
Subban, who leads the Canadiens in scoring with 7-26-33 totals in 42 games and is a team-leading plus-13, will find out on Tuesday if he made Team Canada for the Sochi Olympics. The team will be officially announced during a press conference slated for 11 a.m. at the Maple Leafs practice facility in Toronto.
After Thursday’s game, Subban ranked third among NHL defencemen in scoring, trailing Chicago’s Duncan Keith (3-36-39) and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (10-28-38). He ranked 11th among defencemen in plus-minus.
The Florida Panthers will visit the Bell Centre Monday night before the Canadiens go on the road again to face the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Chicago Blackhawks will visit the Bell Centre next Saturday.
(Photo by Sharon Ellman/The Associated Press)