The Canadiens, coming off a 4-3 loss in Minnesota Friday night, will take on Patrick Roy’s Avalanche Saturday in Colorado (10 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
This marks the first time the two teams will meet since Oct. 15, 2011 when the Avalanche beat the Canadiens 6-5 in a shootout. The Avalanche won their fifth straight game Friday night, beating the Stars 3-2 in overtime in Dallas. The Avalanche (11-1-0) has the best record in the NHL under rookie coach Royafter finishing with the second-worst record last season (16-25-7).
“Right now, we’re playing very good. We’re playing solid hockey,” Roy told NHL.com. “We work hard. The thing that I like is before games we’re always really well-prepared and we focus. When we jump on the ice, we have good starts and that’s what we want.”
The Canadiens held an optional skate Saturday morning in Denver with only seven players taking part: Peter Budaj, Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Ryan White, Michael Blunden, George Parros and Greg Pateryn.
Budaj, who played in Colorado for six seasons, will get the start in goal. Budaj has a 2-0 record this season with one shutout, a 0.50 goals-against average and a .982 save percentage.
Max Pacioretty, who has been sidelined since Oct. 15 with a hamstring injury, will return to the Canadiens’ lineup against the Avalanche.
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