By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will try to end a November funk in which they’ve lost three of four games tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).
“They’re a very quick team," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said of the Canadiens. "Their top line kind of exemplifies who they are with (Scott) Gomez and (Mike) Cammalleri and (Brian) Gionta. They’re small and quick, and if you turn the puck over, you’re going to be in trouble against them."
will start in goal for Phoenix (10-7-0), which hasn't played a game since losing 4-3 at Anaheim on Saturday. Bryzgalov is 9-5-0 and has a 1.98 goals-against average.
Carey Price, who is a second cousin of Coyotes captain Shane Doan
, will start in goal for Montreal. The relatives have played twice before on NHL ice and Montreal has won both of those games. Doan, however, scored a goal on his second cousin once in each game.
Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski
, who is considered "day-to-day" after suffering a lower-body injury last week, will not play tonight.
The Canadiens (8-10-0) have dominated the Coyotes/Jets franchise over the years. Phoenix/Winnipeg has beaten Montreal just 12 times in 61 games, and Montreal hasn’t lost in Phoenix/Glendale since 1998 – a span of four games.
Competing against a storied franchise such as the Canadiens, who will celebrate their 100th anniversary on Dec. 4, is always fun for opposing players and coaches.
“Any time you play Montreal, there’s a mystique about them," Tippett said. "And with the layoff we’ve had we should have lots of energy and it should be a very exciting game.”
Montreal last played Tuesday night at home vs. Calgary and lost 1-0. It was the Canadiens’ fifth loss in the past seven games and sixth loss in six games vs. Western Conference teams.
“We have to do a better job of getting traffic in front of the net,” Canadiens Head Coach Jacques Martin told reporters.