PHI@MTL: Five things you need to know – nhl.com
MONTREAL – Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre.
1. With the Flyers coming to town on Saturday, the Canadiens will be playing their second game in as many nights. Claude Julien’s troops had just locked in their first four-game winning streak with their 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Friday night in Columbus. Tomas Tatar scored Montreal’s first two goals of the night and Joel Armia finished it off with two empty-netters. Carey Price stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced.
2. Max Domi recorded a pair of assists in the win over Columbus, which extended his points streak to three games. Forwards Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault joined Domi with three-game points streaks of their own after they each collected an assist against the Blue Jackets. A few hours before puck drop, head coach Claude Julien announced that forward Charles Hudon would draw into the lineup in Matthew Peca‘s place, and that goaltender Antti Niemi would get the start in nets.
3. This will be the first of three meetings with the Flyers this season. Philadelphia won all three contests against Montreal in 2017-18, including two in overtime. The two teams will face off again on February 21 at the Bell Centre and March 19 at the Wells Fargo Center. Saturday’s game also marks the start of a seven-game homestand for the Canadiens.
4. The Flyers have won their last two games, in large part thanks to their offensive production – a Philadelphia forward recorded a hat trick in each of those wins. On January 14, it was James van Riemsdyk who completed the feat in a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild, while Sean Couturier scored three times as the Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 two days later. We’re still waiting on confirmation on Philadelphia’s starting goalie against the Habs, but Carter Hart has been enjoying a hot start to his NHL career. The second-round pick (48th overall) in 2016 has a 5-5-1 record, 2.72 goals-against average, and .915 save percentage, and it was Hart who was in nets for those two most recent Flyers wins.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on TV on CBC, Sportsnet, and TVA Sports, and on the radio on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm. It’s going to be an action-packed night at the Bell Centre. Firstly, it’s the Tim Hortons “I Play Hockey” game, where youth are encouraged to show up wearing their minor hockey jerseys. Every young fan who does can go pick up a small gift at the Canadiens Children’s Foundation kiosk at section 104. It’s also the second Bobblehead Night presented by Flamingo, where the first 5,000 fans through the doors will get a Max Domi bobblehead. Lastly, Gregory Charles and the Habs Band in collaboration with the Casino de Montréal will be back to take over musical entertainment for the night. To get tickets to the game, click here.