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GAMETHREAD: Vancouver @ Les Habitants

The Canucks begin their six-game road trip in one of the best buildings in the NHL

Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Television: SN 1, SN 360, NHL.TV

Radio: TSN 1040 (with a snazzy new streaming Web site design)

Opposition blog: Habs Eyes on the Prize

Money lines: Van +1.5, Mtl -223, 5.0 O/U

Sometimes hitting the road is the best tonic for struggling teams. Hopefully that’s the case for the Vancouver Canucks, who missed a great chance to amass points during a home heavy early schedule.

On this trip Vancouver is facing a stiff test right off the bat. Montreal is 8-0-1 and have allowed the fewest goals against per game in the NHL. Vancouver, as has been well documented, struggles to score. A Canadiens win would mark their best start in history with 19 out of 20 points. But don’t forget what happened last season when a similarly high-flying Montreal Canadiens team were beaten in Vancouver.

Canucks appear to be well represented in the stands:

Joey’s pregame tidbits:

Montreal lines:

Alexander RadulovAlex GalchenyukBrendan Gallagher

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisAndrew Shaw

Artturi LehkonenTomas PlekanecPaul Byron

Phillip DanaultTorrey MitchellBrian Flynn

Alexei EmelinShea Weber

Andrei MarkovJeff Petry

Nathan BeaulieuGreg Pateryn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Always fun to watch a game from Montreal. Enjoy, everyone! Go Canucks Go!