Game Four Preview: Habs vs. Canucks

Ken BeckettCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 07:  Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Rangers on January 7, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 6-3  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens will look to get back into the win column tonight as they take on the Vancouver Canucks.

The Habs lost their first game of the season on Tuesday night, going down 4-3 at the hands of the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Tonight marks game four of Montreal's five game road trip to start the season. After this game they will play the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday and then travel to the Bell Centre for their home opener on Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche.

Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Habs after Jaroslav Halak started in Tuesday's loss against the Flames.

Price hails from Vancouver and this will be his first time playing in an NHL game in his hometown.

Price is 2-0 this season with an impressive 1.89 goals against average and .951 save percentage. He has been absolutely phenomenal in net and a large factor in the Habs' first two victories.

Goaltending hasn't been such as a strong point for the 0-3 Vancouver Canucks however.

Canucks fans are starting to voice their concern over three shaky performances from the usually reliable Roberto Luongo.

After dropping the first two games of the season to division rivals Colorado and Calgary, Luongo was chased from the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and replaced by back-up Andrew Raycroft.

While the start to the season has been disappointing, Luongo is confident that he and his teammates will be able to bounce back.

"We're confident we can come back," said Luongo. "That's not a big issue, but we have to be worried about playing 60 minutes and not pressing."

The Habs and Canucks split two meetings last year, with each club winning on its home ice. Overall, Vancouver is 10-1 with a tie in its last 12 meetings with the Canadiens, and Montreal has dropped seven straight and nine of its last 10 in British Columbia.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines

Cammalleri - Gomez - Gionta
Pacioretty - Plekanec - A. Kostitsyn
Latendresse - Lapierre - D'Agostini
Stewart - Chipchura - Laraque OR D'Agostini

Scratches: Glen Metropolit (Bruised Ribs)

Hamrlik - Spacek
Gorges - Weber
Gill - Mara


Vancouver Canucks Projected Lines

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Raymond - Kesler - Samuelsson
Glass - Wellwood - Bernier
Hordichuk - Johnson - Rypien

Scratches: Rome, Shirokov

Mitchell - Salo
Erhoff - Edler
O'Brien - Bieksa


Game Time: 10pm EST/7pm PST on TSN, RDS