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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Montréal Canadiens

The Skinny
Dave Vest
The Coyotes begin a three-game trip on Monday with a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The puck drops at 4:30 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (2-2-2) will attempt to rebound from a 4-3 overtime home loss to Carolina on Saturday in which it played sloppy defense and gave the puck away 12 times.  

Montreal (4-2-1) has won three of its past four games, but has earned just three of six points on home ice this season.

"We know what to expect," Coyotes winger Scottie Upshall said. "I think Montreal is a really good team playing in a really tough building, so it's going to be exciting to play them in front of 20,000 fans."

Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris also is expecting a challenge from the Canadiens, who upset Washington and Pittsburgh to reach the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

"This game is going to be tough," Morris said. "They've got a real loud crowd there and it's going to be a fast game because they've got a lot of speed. They kind of play the same style as us - tight defensively and then move on from there."

The Coyotes again will play minus captain Shane Doan (suspension) and center Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury).

"The reality is,
without Hanzal and Doan in the lineup, our margin for error is very slim, and we continue to feed that margin of error," Head Coach Dave Tippett said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to listen To Tippett answer questions after Monday's morning skate.

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov likely will start for the Coyotes, who are allowing 36.3 shots on goal per game - third-most in the NHL.

Left wing Andrei Kostitsyn leads the Habs with four goals and is tied with center Tomas Plekanec for the team-lead with six points.

The Canadiens go to extremes on special teams: When it comes to the power play, Montreal ranks dead last in the NHL at 4.2 percent (1 for 24). When it comes to killing penalties, Montreal is tops in the league at 92.6 percent (25 of 27). Go figure.
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Coyotes center Kyle Turris snapped a three-game pointless streak to start the season with two goals and an assist on Saturday vs. Carolina.
Canadiens goalie Carey Price made 19 saves for his first shutout in nearly two years on Saturday to key a 3-0 win over Ottawa. It was his first since Nov. 11, 2008.
Did You Know?
  • Coyotes captain Shane Doan will sit out this game to conclude his three-game NHL suspension for his hit on Anaheim's Dan Sexton on Oct. 17. Sadly, Doan won't get to play against Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who is a cousin. Meanwhile, Coyotes forward Taylor Pyatt will compete on NHL ice against his brother Tom Pyatt for the second time.

  • The Coyotes are 1-5-0 with one tie in seven games at Montreal since moving from Winnipeg to Phoenix in 1996. Their last - and only - win at Bell Centre came on Oct. 28, 1996.

  • Tonight's game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona at 4:30 p.m. and heard (tape delayed) on KFNN-AM (1510) starting at 6 p.m.
Ray Whitney

"We have work to do. We're way too loose as a team defensively and I know that's not characteristic of us."

• Don Maloney

• Dave Tippett

  Andrei Markov
  Martin Hanzal
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Oct 25 '10 PHX 2 at MTL 3 - OT A. Kostitsyn
E. Belanger7235-3210
E. Jovanovski6055+2800
L. Stempniak7314+2000
S. Upshall7314+1401
K. Turris5314+0000
A. Aucoin7044+6400
W. Wolski7044-2000
R. Vrbata7202+1400
T. Pyatt7112+1600
D. Morris5112-3210
K. Yandle7022-3800
S. Doan4022-3400
M. Hanzal4101+2200
A. Ebbett3101+1001
V. Fiddler7011+21100
O. Ekman-Larsson7011+2600
R. Whitney5011-1400
S. Lepisto4011-1000
L. Korpikoski7000+0000
D. Schlemko6000-3200
P. Prucha4000+0400
P. Bissonnette3000+0500
I. Bryzgalov62-1-3162122.61.925
J. LaBarbera10-1-03353.05.914
A. Kostitsyn8538+5202
T. Plekanec8347+2401
M. Cammalleri7336+7410
J. Gorges8145-1611
P. Subban8044+3600
J. Halpern8213+1500
S. Gomez8123+0401
B. Pouliot8123-1200
B. Gionta8112+0400
M. Lapierre8112+01400
J. Spacek8022+2400
R. Hamrlik6022+1400
A. Picard7101+4000
D. Boyd6101-2000
T. Moen8011+11300
L. Eller8011-1400
H. Gill8000-4200
T. Pyatt7000-2200
M. Darche4000+0400
R. O'Byrne3000+0400
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