Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights conclude their 6 game road trip with a stop at Centre Bell (Bell Centre) to take on the Montréal Canadiéns for the first time in franchise history.
The Canadiéns, are arguably the best original six franchise in the National Hockey League since it’s founding 100 years ago. This NHL flagship franchise over the years has won a league-high 24 Stanley Cup Championships with their most recent win in the 1992-1993 season against Wayne Gretzky‘s Los Angeles Kings.
Over the years the Canadiéns have retired hockey’s elite players in their history with 17 players who have donned the Habs sweater during the course of their NHL careers.
Jacques Plante, Doug Harvey, Butch Bouchard, Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion, Guy Lapointe, Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer, Dicki Moore, Henri Richard, Elmar Lach, Serge Savard, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey, Ken Dryden, and Patrick Roy.
Montréal finished the recent campaign with 103 points with a 47-26-9 (31-19-8 under Michel Therrien and 16-7-1 under Claude Julien)
This season, the Canadiéns are 6-8-1 with 13 points and are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in standings in 13th place and holds the 6th spot in the Atlantic Division.
They are currently on a 2-game winning streak with a 5-4 overtime win over the Jets, and a 2-0 victory this past weekend against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiéns in goals this season with 6. Max Pacioretty is right behind Gallagher in the goal-scoring department with 5.
Veteran defenseman Shea Weber along with newcomer forward Jonathan Drouin are tied with 8 assists.
In overall points, they have three-way Gallagher, Weber, and Drouin with 11 on the season.
Pacioretty has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games.
For the Canadiéns, backup goaltender Charlie Lindgren is scheduled to make his second start between the pipes for Montréal. Lindgren recorded his 1st ever NHL shutout win over the Blackhawks on Sunday in a 38 save percentage performance.
Last night the Vegas Golden Knights participated in their first ever shootout in franchise history where the Toronto Maple Leafs bested them in the skills competition with a lone goal that came from Mitch Marner that resulted in a 4-3 loss.
What was a positive in the 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs, was that the Golden Knights kept them off the scoresheet in the 3rd period. On this Eastern Conference road swing, they have been outscored in that period 10-3.
Heading into their matchup against the Habs, the Golden Knights recorded on this road trip, are 1-3-1 and have an overall season record of 9-4-1.
They currently hold the 3rd place spot in the Western Conference with the Winnipeg Jets who they will play later this week and are still in 2nd place in the Pacific Division behind the Los Angeles Kings.
The Golden Knights team leader in goals is forward James Neal who currently has 7 on the season. He also holds the lead in points with 12 on the year.
Forwards Reilly Smith and David Perron are sharing the 2nd place spot with the Golden Knights in points with 10.
Defensemen’s Brad Hunt, Nate Schmidt, and Colin Miller, along with forward Perron are the co-leaders with the Golden Knights in assists with 7 so far in this campaign.
In his last ten games, forward William Karlsson has 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists).
Goaltender Maxime Lagace since taking over for Dansk on the road trip has only one win to his credit and that was against the Ottawa Senators. Lagace is the projected starter between the pipes for the Golden Knights.
The Injury Report
VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (upper body), Malcolm Subban (lower body), Oscar Dansk (lower body), Clayton Stoner (lower body).
MON: Carey Price (lower body), Charles Hudon (upper body), Nikita Scherbak (knee), David Schlemko (hand), Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms)
Will the Golden Knights cap off their road trip with a win against the Montréal Canadiéns, tune in tonight and find out?
Official Broadcast Schedule
Tonight’s puck drop is at 4:30 pm PT. Las Vegas / 7:30 pm ET. Montréal
Television: The matchup will on AT&T SportsNet. This is DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), Cox Cable channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).
Radio: The radio broadcast is on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM/1340 AM.