Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames: Finally A Home Game! Game Preview, How To Watch

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 13: Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 13: Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

Montreal Canadiens newcomers were all over the lineup to begin the season and they all looked good to start the new season.

The Habs started the season with six straight games on the road, and battled to a 4-0-2 record with a pair of wins over the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks and an overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canucks.

New winger Josh Anderson and rookie defenceman Alexander Romanov were excellent in the team’s first game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anderson scored twice, and Romanov played well over 20 minutes, earning a promotion to the second pairing with Jeff Petry.

When the Habs hit the road, new backup Jake Allen was sharp in his first game against the Oilers and Tyler Toffoli earned first star of the week honours for lighting up his former team in Vancouver. He had five goals and two assists for seven points in three games on the west coast, leading the Habs to a 2-0-1 record in Vancouver.

Now, the Habs finally get home to play a game at the Bell Centre. They will face a hungry and angry Calgary Flames team.

The Flames made several changes of their own in the offseason. They brought in Jacob Markstrom to play goal and Chris Tanev to play a top-four role on defence. They also added Josh Leivo, Dominik Simon and Joakim Nordstrom up front to sprinkle throughout the lineup.

Calgary began the season with an overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets before defeating the Vancouver Canucks twice in a row. However, they lost each of their previous two games in regulation, on home ice, to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They will surely be looking to bounce back and start their five game road trip off on the right foot.

The Habs lines will look like this:

Drouin – Suzuki – Anderson

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher

Toffoli – Kotkaniemi – Perry

Lehkonen – Evans – Byron

Chiarot – Weber

Edmundson – Petry

Kulak – Romanov


Joel Armia is still out with a concussion suffered a week ago against the Canucks on a questionable hit from Tyler Myers. Corey Perry stepped in for him on Saturday and scored the Habs second goal of the night. The veteran winger looked great in the first game of his Habs career and will give the Flames familiar fits after playing most of his career on the west coast with the Anaheim Ducks.

It will be the first meeting of the season for these two teams, with the Habs looking to continue their points streak to begin the season, and the Flames looking to bounce back after a couple of tight losses to the Maple Leafs.

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The game starts at 7:00 PM EST, and can be seen on TSN2 (if you are in the Habs region), RDS, or Sportsnet West if you are in Alberta.