Habs aim to get back into win column against Ducks
Published Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:17PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:58PM EDT
The Montreal Canadiens (5-4-0) are hoping to drop their habit of performing better for fans away from home than at their stomping grounds downtown, as they aim to avoid a third straight loss at the Bell Centre in a game against the Anaheim Ducks (7-2-0).
After consecutive home losses to Nashville and Edmonton, the Canadiens are now 2-3-0 at home, after winning three of four on the road.
The Ducks bring a high-powered offence, having scored 32 goals in nine games, second only to the phenomenal San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference.
Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Mathieu Perreault all have nine points in as many games to lead the club.
Their defence, full of lesser-knowns, has ceded a respectable 23 goals in that time.
Habs' fans will get a look at former Canadien Saku Koivu, who is making his second visit to his former town since his departure, while former Habs’ fan favourite Sheldon Souray will not be making the trip, as he is out with a long-term wrist injury.
Fans will also be getting a final look at his Finnish teammate Teemu Selanne who is expected to retire at the end of this season.
The Ducks are 2-2-0 on the road and are playing their second of an eight-game road trip which began with a 4-2 loss in Toronto Tuesday.
The Habs will be without Daniel Briere and Brnadon Prust for the second straight game. Also out are Max Pacioretty, George Parros, Alexei Emelin, Davis Drewske and Douglas Murray.