For the second straight game, the Canadiens will be facing a former Habs goalie when they play the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
This time, that goalie will actually be on the ice.
The Canadiens lost 4-1 to Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche Saturday night in in Denver as the rookie NHL coach improved his record to 12-1-0, the best start in franchise history.
On Tuesday, Jaroslav Halak should be in goal for the Blues. After the goaltender led the Canadiens to the conference final in 2010, the Canadiens traded Halak to the Blues in exchange for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz, deciding that Carey Price was the Habs’ goalie of the future.
Halak has a 7-2-1 record this season with one shutout, a 2.35 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Price has a 6-6-0 record with one shutout, a 2.18 GAA and .932 save percentage.
Alex Galchenyuk will be moved to centre against the Blues, playing on a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Coach Michel Therrien put the new trio together for the third period of Saturday’s game in Denver.
“The positive (in this game) is the adjustment we made with Galchenyuk playing centre with Pacioretty and Gallagher,” Therrien told reporters after the game. “It’s something we’ve been thinking about and we decided to do it in the third period and I was really pleased. This is an experiment that we’re going to repeat again.”
The Canadiens announced on Sunday that forward Michael Blunden has been returned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Blunden is pointless in six games with the Canadiens this season and is minus-2. Later in the day, the Habs announced they were calling up Martin St-Pierre from the Bulldogs. The 30-year-old forward had three goals and five assists in seven games with the Bulldogs.
The Canadiens were given the day off Sunday and will practise Monday at 11 a.m. in Brossard.
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