Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Habs look to crack the history book on western swing

It's a location where the Canadien teams of the past can be found rather frequently and if all goes according to plan this week, the 2015-16 version of Montreal's most followed ambassadors will find themselves part of the NHL history books.

Tonight, all that stand between Montreal and destiny are the struggling Vancouver Canucks, a team that has yet to win a home game, though if ever there was some motivation for a slump buster, playing the storied Canadiens franchise seeking to stake a claim to hockey history should be it.

Should the Habs prove victorious at Rogers Arena tonight, they will be joining the 93-94 Maple Leafs and 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres, and considering their play in the front nine, the odds certainly would seem in their favour.

The word domination gets a fair bit of a work out when talking of the Canadiens hot start to the season, with but 12 goals allowed in their nine wins to this point, a line up that hasn't seen a change since the season began and the incredibly focused Carey Price holding a stellar GAA of 1.29 along with .961 save average.

NHL.com broke down the first nine games for hockey fans, to provide a glimpse into how strong a start the rouge, blanc et bleu have had to the start of the season.

Undefeated Canadiens can make history on trip (video)

Carey Price has been outstanding
during the Canadiens undefeated
streak through October
And while the players may not be putting one game ahead of the next, for those looking ahead on the schedule, the record could belong to only Les Habitants by the time Thursday rolls around, Montreal will be in Edmonton for game two of their three game western swing.

They wrap up the tour of Western Canada on Friday night when they are in Calgary to face the flames.

By then they could be 13-0 and cruising through the season, or should someone in the West play spoiler to all those Habs fans dreams,  Montreal will look to start another streak as soon as they get back home.

Considering their play through October, the smart money is probably going on the streak continuing on into November.

Some notes on tonight's game in Vancouver and the lead up to it can be found below:

Habs hope to make history in Vancouver
NHL teams look to put Canadiens in the loss column
Montreal Canadiens stay perfect with win over Toronto Maple Leafs and extend streak to nine games
Frustration mounts over Vancouver Canucks' blow leads
Can the Canadiens go 82-0 this season
NHL MVP Carey Price could also be most dominant player in sports
Canucks out to stop mystical Habs
Perfect Canadiens haven't accomplished anything yet
Canucks hoping to end Canadians' streak, earn first home win of season

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