Roy’s Avalanche has best record in NHL at 11-1-0

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.

(Photo by Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Canadiens vs. Avalanche preview, NHL.com

Game Day Report, Canadiens.com

A recap of Roy’s career, Canadiens.com

Pominville leads Wild over Habs with two goals, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Fourth line fails to come through for Habs, by Pat Hickey

Parros returns with clean-shaven face, by Pat Hickey

Hamilton will be home for Tinordi, Beaulieu, by Pat Hickey

The curious case of P.K. Subban, by CTV’s Brian Wilde

Making a case to retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5, by The Gazette’s Stu Cowan

Habs players talk about their fashion sense (24CH Flash video), Canadiens.com

Avalanche defeats Stars in OT, Denver Post

Avalanche to retire Foote’s No. 52 before Habs game, Denver Post

Avalanche exceeding expectations by far, Denver Post

Empty seats in Colorado for vastly improved Avalanche, Denver Post

Varlamov’s girlfriend gives media interview, Denver Post

279 Comments

  1. Subban in Sochi says:

    I made the comment, joking at the time, a couple weeks ago that the entire Phantoms’ team had been recalled and that the Buffalo Sabres had been relegated to the AHL and replaced by the Hartford Wolf Pack.

    I never cease to be amazed by the people that claim the NHL is at “parity” and that, as a result, the “any given Sunday” concept applies. Or “any given Hockey Night in Canada.”

    The ever-miserable Oilers and the toothless Panthers can now be added to the list of teams that (should) face relegation. I think San Antonio & Oklahoma City deserve shots at the National.

    Having said the above, it does not mean these terrible NHL teams are not “dangerous.” But much of the need for caution is because of the natural tendency to “let down” against inferior competition. Or maybe anxiety about a crazed goalie being launched 200 feet into space…

    It is sad that a former tough AND competitive team like the Flyers is now icing a WWE product…with Ray Emery being the perfect “heel” on this incredibly poorly managed club. Edward M. Snider hit his “Best Used By” date 30 years ago. I wonder if Vince McMahon likes hockey…? He could improve both the on-ice and off-ice product in Philadelphia.

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  2. habsfan0 says:

    Hmmm.
    I wonder who Mario Tremblay will be pulling for in tonight’s tilt.
    Probably the visiting team,but don’t quote me on that.

  3. frontenac1 says:

    Atta Boy Shane! Can’t believe some of the nervous nellies in here today. Habs will kick some arse tonight! Saludos Amigo!

  4. HabFab says:

    Pierre LeBrun – After looking at it and discussing it internally for last 24 hrs, NHL has decided not to suspend Ray Emery. Simply put current rulebook as it stands doesn’t back any suspension for this. Obviously league doesn’t like what it saw last night but there’s just nothing in rulebook for supplemental discipline for that fight.

    Note – Vinny has nothing broken in his face other then teeth so should be back by Tuesday.

  5. Timo says:

    … in the ideal world.

    (meant as a reply to Chuck below)

  6. This should be a good test for the Avalanche, they have yet to beat anyone of value, and by Therrien playing our backup it will be a close game but most likely an easy Habs victory tonight.

    Pft Avalanche give me a break, they’re a joke, we all know it and the Habs are gonna prove it!

    Game on you silly salley’s

    Peter Peter Peter

    :lol:

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  7. Chuck says:

    Hey, the Av’s will eventually lose a second game… it may as well be tonight!

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