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Montreal Canadiens Set To Host Saku Koivu and The Anaheim Ducks

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The Montreal Canadiens continue their home stand tonight as they face their former captain, Saku Koivu and the Anaheim Ducks.

November 30, 2011; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu (11) shoots against Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30) during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal is currently 1-2-0 on their five game home stretch. They have lost consecutive games for the first time this season, falling to the Nashville Predators on Saturday night and the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

The loss to the Predators stung, as they were tied until Seth Jones beat Carey Price and gave the Predators the win with just over a minute remaining. The loss to the Oilers was difficult to swallow as well,as the Canadiens stormed out to a 2-0 lead halfway through the game, but could not hold it against the 2-6-1 Oilers who were without two of their top scorers in Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner.

Montreal will look to bounce back against one of the hottest teams in the league to begin the NHL season. The Ducks were thrashed in their opening game of the season by a surprising Colorado Avalanche team, but then reeled off seven consecutive wins, before falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

The Ducks have been led offensively once again by the dynamic duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who both have nine points in nine games. A solid supporting cast of Mathieu Perreault, Jakub Silfverberg, Teemu Selanne, Dustin Penner and of course Koivu, gives the Ducks three dangerous lines that can score.

This game will provide a tough test for the Canadiens, who come in with a 5-4-0 record, and have been depleted by injuries recently. The Canadiens have won only two of their five home games this season, and will be without Max Pacioretty, Brandon Prust, Daniel Briere, George Parros, Alexei Emelin, Davis Drewiske and Douglas Murray, who are all out with injuries.

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