The Canadiens, coming off a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night at the Bell Centre, were given a day away from the rink Tuesday as they travelled to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The game in Philly will be the first of three in four nights for the Habs, who play host to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday before the Boston Bruins visit the Bell Centre on Saturday.
The Bruins will have Jaromir Jagr in their lineup when they come to Montreal after acquiring the veteran forward from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick and two prospects – Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne. The conditional second-round pick this year will become a first-round pick if Boston advances to the Eastern Conference final.
In 34 games with the Stars this season, the 41-year-old Jagr posted 14-12-26 totals and was minus-5 while averaging 18:17 of ice time.
The Canadiens, with a 23-7-5 record, have 51 points through 35 games. The last time they had that many points through 35 games was 1978-79, when they had 54 points after 35 games and went on to win their fourth straight Stanley Cup.
Monday’s game marked the Canadiens’ first Autism Awareness Night at the Bell Centre. Lending support to the event was Canadiens goaltending coach Pierre Groulx and Scott Mellanby, the team’s player personnel director, who both have autistic children.
On the eve of Tuesday’s World Autism Awareness Day, Canadiens management and coaches wore blue puzzle-piece-shaped Autism Speaks lapel pins during the game with Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller and his staff also wearing pins in support.
The Habs launched a number of initiatives, running well beyond the night itself, to promote the cause.
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