Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 2  TBL  1  (SO)  

It took the save of the year to beat the best team in the league. Carey Price’s heroic save and the Canadiens captain finding the back of net provided one of the most entertaining games of the season.

For a complete recap: Price, Pacioretty Lead Habs Past Bolts

Players to watch

  • The Sedins
    The chemistry of the Sedin twins is uncanny and can always be expected to do the unexpected. 
  • Brock Boeser
    Boeser is one of the top candidates for rookie of the year this season.
  • Max Pacioretty
    The Canadiens captain has been playing well for the past few weeks and was finally rewarded with a goal against the Lightning. He has the capability of scoring in bunches.

Keys to Victory

  • Use your speed
    The Habs will cause problems for the Canucks.
  • Push the pace
    A high tempo game will be to the disadvantage of Vancouver having played last night.
  • Play like a team
    Individualistic plays will lead to mistakes. The Canadiens must play together as units.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | January 7, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN, RDS

2017-18 statistics

CANUCKS CANADIENS
38 (27th) Points (rank) 38 (28th)
16-19-6 Record 17-20-4
9-7-3 Away/Home 10-8-3
2-6-2 Last 10 4-6-0
2.63 GF/G 2.46
3.22 GA/G 3.07
20.9 PP% 18.7
77.9 PK% 77.9
 47.69  CF%  51.01
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
D. Sedin – H. Sedin – Goldobin
Vanek – Gagner – Boeser
Dowd – Granlund – Eriksson
Gaunce – Chaput – Virtanen
Pacioretty – Danault – Hudon
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Lehkonen
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – De La Rose – Shaw
Defensemen
Edler – Stecher
Del Zotto – Tanev
Pouliot – Gudbranson
Benn – Petry
Alzner – Schlemko
Morrow – Jerabek
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Biega, Hutton
Injured: Sutter, Horvat, Baertschi
Scratched: Carr, Froese
Injured: Weber, Hemsky
Goalies
Anders Nilsson Carey Price
Record: 6-6-1
GAA: 3.52
Sv%: .900
SO: 2
Alternate: Jacob Markstrom
Record: 12-14-2
GAA: 2.92
Sv%: .910
SO: 1
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect
The Habs should have a lot of energy after coming off an exciting win. 

Prediction: Canadiens 4  Canucks 3 

With the bye week upcoming, Montreal can leave it all on the ice tonight.

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