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Montréal Canadiens vs. Phoenix Coyotes
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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 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."

Ilya Bryzgalov 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.
Coyotes right wing Scottie Upshall has scored a goal in each of the team’s past three games despite nursing a minor injury. For the season, Upshall has scored a team-high six goals on 30 shots.
Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta, who is in his first season with Montreal after playing eight seasons for New Jersey, has notched three goals and an assist in the past five games.
  • Coyotes winger Taylor Pyatt and his younger brother Tom will compete in an NHL game for the first time. Montreal promoted Tom Pyatt, a center, from its American Hockey League affiliate last week, and he has played in three games.

  • Coyotes center Robert Lang registered 39 points in 50 games for Montreal in 2008-09. His season ended abruptly when he suffered a severed Achilles tendon in February. The Canadiens did not re-sign Lang in the off-season and he eventually signed with Phoenix just days before this season started.

  • Coyotes captain Shane Doan needs just one goal to move into a tie for third place with Thomas Steen on the franchise’s list for all-time goals. Doan enters the game with 263 goals.

"I think it's gone pretty well so far... I've been able to draw back on a little bit of the experience from last year to settle the nerves."

David Schlemko

Ulf Samuelsson

  Matt D’Agostini
  Hal Gill
  Georges Laraque
  Andrei Markov
  Ryan O'Byrne
  Ed Jovanovski
  Zbynek Michalek
  Kurt Sauer

2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Nov 12 '09 MTL 4 at PHX 2 G. Metropolit
T. Plekanec1941317+4810
M. Cammalleri198816+71221
B. Gionta198513+3821
S. Gomez192911+21200
G. Metropolit134610+0221
T. Moen19437-21900
R. Hamrlik18426+21411
M. Bergeron12336-3621
J. Spacek19156+51600
A. Kostitsyn19145-3810
M. Lapierre19145-61800
P. Mara19055-73100
G. Latendresse19213-4200
J. Gorges19123+21401
M. Pacioretty19123-3400
H. Gill14101-33100
M. D'Agostini11101-21300
G. Laraque8011-4500
R. White4011-1700
K. Chipchura13000-81600
G. Stewart4000-21100
T. Pyatt4000-2000
M. Carle3000+1400
Y. Weber3000-4000
R. O'Byrne2000+1200
J. Leach2000-1500
S. Belle2000-2000
A. Markov1000+0000
J. Halak95-3-0212182.62.904
C. Price124-7-0363403.18.894
S. Doan185914-51340
E. Jovanovski165813+01232
M. Lombardi173710-21020
A. Aucoin182810+02202
R. Lang18459-1020
R. Vrbata18448+3611
D. Winnik18268+5201
V. Fiddler18268+2400
M. Hanzal18347-33110
S. Upshall16606+02200
K. Yandle18246+22310
Z. Michalek15145+3810
P. Prucha18224+0610
J. Vandermeer18123+21301
P. Mueller16123+0401
S. Lepisto17033-51000
T. Pyatt13112+31000
P. Bissonnette10101+13400
D. Schlemko3011+2200
S. Heshka2011+0200
L. Korpikoski12000-3000
M. Boedker6000+0000
K. Sauer1000+1000
I. Bryzgalov159-6-0303772.05.920
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