Indianapolis Star
National Hockey League
Preview
Calgary at Montreal
When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

The Montreal Canadiens have been one of the biggest surprises in the early going this season, but they must rebound from a disappointing loss when the Calgary Flames pay a visit Tuesday night. The Canadiens posted 15 shots and took a two-goal lead in the first period Saturday before managing 12 shots the rest of the way to suffer a 4-3 overtime loss at Ottawa, ending a three-game win streak.

“I don’t think we played a very smart hockey game,” Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher told reporters after the setback. “You have to be smart, especially on the road. We had a good first period and then we made some silly plays.” The Canadiens will try to deal with the adversity in a positive way when they take on the Flames, who have been up and down in the season’s first month while allowing five goals each in three losses and nine in the five wins. Calgary survived a barrage of shots in Sunday’s 4-1 win at the New York Rangers as backup goalie David Rittich made 44 saves en route to his second victory in two starts. Johnny Gaudreau scored twice in the victory to reach 300 points (198 assists) in his career and boasts four goals in his last four games for the Flames, who have won three of their last four on the road.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Flames (Calgary), RDS, TSN2 (Montreal)

ABOUT THE FLAMES (5-3-0): Gaudreau was tied for seventh in the league with 12 points entering Monday’s games and is deadlocked with linemate Elias Lindholm for the team lead at five goals - one better than the third man of the dangerous trio Sean Monahan. Defenseman Mark Giordano is off to a strong start for Calgary, registering a goal and six assists with team-best plus-8 rating. The Flames are just 1-for-16 on the power play over the last five games after converting 5-of-10 in the previous two contests and the Lindholm-Monahan-Gaudreau line has five of the six tallies with the man advantage.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (4-1-2): Left wing Tomas Tatar did not have a shot on net and was kept off the scoresheet Saturday after collecting three goals and four assists during a three-game stretch, but leads the team with eight points. Paul Byron (seven points) had a goal and an assist against Ottawa last time out and fellow forward Jonathan Drouin has put together a four-game point streak. Price (2-1-2, 2.57 goals-against, .904 save percentage) is expected to go after his 289th win, which would tie him with Patrick Roy for second in franchise history - behind only Jacques Plante (314).

OVERTIME

1. Flames D T.J. Brodie, who has four points and a plus-3 rating this season, is slated to play his 500th NHL game Tuesday.

2. Montreal placed C Tomas Plekanec (lower back) on injured reserve and F Nicolas Deslauriers (facial fracture) made his season debut Saturday.

3. Calgary's Michael Frolik needs one assist to reach 200 in his career and fellow F James Neal is three points from 500.

PREDICTION: Flames 3, Canadiens 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Calgary 5-3-0-0 W1 2-1-0-0 3-2-0-0 0-0-0-0 5-3-0-0 1-1-0-0
Montreal 4-1-2-0 L1 3-1-0-0 1-0-2-0 0-0-0-0 4-1-2-0 1-0-2-0
Last Meeting
Calgary Montreal
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/22/17 MON 3 CAL 2 23 32 1-3 35 21 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Calgary M. Backlund 1
Montreal B. Froese 2
Goals Player  
Calgary M. Ferland 1
Montreal N. Deslauriers 1
Assists Player  
Calgary M. Backlund 1
Montreal J. Benn 1
Saves Player  
Calgary M. Smith 32
Montreal C. Price 21
Season
Total Points Player  
Calgary J. Gaudreau 18
Montreal T. Tatar 11
Goals Player  
Calgary J. Gaudreau 8
Montreal B. Gallagher 6
Assists Player  
Calgary M. Tkachuk 12
Montreal J. Petry 7
Saves Player  
Calgary M. Smith 207
Montreal C. Price 198
Quickchart Matchup
Calgary Off vs  Montreal Def
3.75 GF
2.71 GA
32 Shots
27.4 Shots
6 PP
6 PK
Montreal Off vs  Calgary Def
3.29 GF
3 GA
32.9 Shots
30.8 Shots
5 PP
6 PK