Game Three Preview: Habs vs. Flames

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Game Three Preview: Habs vs. Flames
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It's a battle of the 2-0 teams as the Montreal Canadiens make their way into the Pengrowth Saddledome for tonight's game against the Calgary Flames.

Despite having huge holes in their lineup with the losses of Andrei Markov, Ryan O'Byrne, and Glen Metropolit, the Habs have managed to go undefeated in this early 2009-10 season.

That is in large part thanks to the work of Carey Price.

Price has been unflappable in goal for Montreal. Without him, they would most likely not be 2-0. The Habs have been terribly outshot in their first two games. Against the Leafs and the Sabres, Price faced a combined 81 shots. Montreal meanwhile only managed to get off 41 shots in those two games.

Tonight Jaroslav Halak will get the start in net for the Habs though. So it should be interesting to see if he can play just as well as Price to help lead Montreal to a win.

This will be Mike Cammalleri's first game against his former team, the Calgary Flames. Cammalleri signed a 5 year deal with Montreal as a UFA in the summer.

Montreal will make some changes to their lineup due to all of their injuries. Playing in his first game of the season will be centreman Kyle Chipchura who is returning from a shoulder injury. He will take Glen Metropolit's spot on the fourth line.

Defenceman Yannick Weber will also play in his first game of the season. Weber was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL after Ryan O'Byrne was injured against Buffalo on Saturday and it was revealed that he will be out for eight weeks.

Today the Montreal Canadiens signed free agent defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron to a one year, $750,000 contract to also help fill some of the holes.

Bergeron spent last season with the Minnesota Wild. In 72 games with the Wild, he netted 14 goals and 18 assists.

Bergeron will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs to help get into playing shape before being called up to the Canadiens.

The Calgary Flames meanwhile still have the dynamic duo of Jarome Iginla and Mikka Kiprusoff, but they did make some changes in the summer.

Calgary acquired one of the top defencemen in the league in Jay Bouwmeester, and bolstered their offense with the addition of Olli Jokinen last year.

These two teams met twice last season, with both getting a win at home.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines

Forwards
Cammalleri - Gomez - Gionta
Pacioretty - Plekanec - A. Kostitsyn
Latendresse - Lapierre - Moen
Stewart - Chipchura - Laraque

Scratches: Matt D'Agostini

Defence
Hamrlik - Spacek
Gorges - Weber
Gill - Mara

Goalies
Halak
Price

Calgary Flames Projected Lines

Forwards
Moss - Jokinen - Iginla
Dawes - Langkow - Bourque
Glencross - Conroy - Boyd
Sjostrom - Nystrom - Prust

Scratches: Staffan Kronwall, Jason Jaffray

Defence
Bouwmeester - Regehr
Phaneuf - Giordano
Pardy - Sarich

Goalies
Kiprusoff
McElhinney

Game Time: 9pm EST/6pm PST on RDS and Rogers Sportsnet West


Ken Beckett is an NHL and MMA writer for Bleacher Report. If you want to get in contact with Ken, you can do so through his profile or on Facebook and Twitter.

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