The Canadiens are in Phoenix tonight, game 2 of their 4 game visit out west.
On paper the next two games should be the easiest chances to win, before finishing up the road trip in Anaheim. The Habs definitely need to secure these points to stay in the hunt for 1st in their Division and Conference.
Carey Price gets the call again after a less than strong performance in San Jose. Price is the #1 now and will only learn from being thrown right back into the mix. Sending him right back is probably the right move to build his Confidence.
However, when will Halak get his feet wet? Starting him on the road, against the worst team in the league would be the absolute least pressure situation for his 1st start. Win or lose tonight, Halak should start in Los Angeles.
The Coyotes are still in the Western playoff hunt and will come out hungry. The stats however favor Montreal – the Coyotes will be trying for their first win against Montreal in nearly a decade. The last time the Coyotes beat the Habs was Dec. 9, 1998.