CANADIENS (17-13-5) at COYOTES (14-17-2)
9 p.m. ET; FS-A, RDS, TSN2, NHL.TV
Max Domi and Alex Galchenyuk will play their former teams for the first time when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday.
Domi, a Canadiens forward, and Galchenyuk, a Coyotes forward, were traded for each other June 15. Domi, who played three seasons in Arizona, has 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 35 games this season. Galchenyuk has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 23 games after spending his first six NHL seasons with Montreal.
Goalie Carey Price, who is one win from 300 in the NHL, will start. Montreal has lost two straight after going 5-1-0 in its previous six games.
The Coyotes have lost six of seven (1-6-0) and are 1-6-1 in their past eight home games.
Players to watch
Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher scored a power-play goal against the Avalanche and has four goals in his past eight games.
Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. Keller had five points (one goal, four assists) in two games against the Canadiens last season.
They said it
“It’ll be fun. I’m really looking forward to this experience. I miss it here, for sure. But that being said, I’m happy with how everything ended up, obviously. I have a lot of good memories here.”— Canadiens forward Max Domi
“I’m not going to lie and say it’s just another day and another game. I have so many friends on the other team. Playing [against my former team] for the first time, it’s always a little bit different. I spent six years in Montreal. At the same time, it’s a really big game for us as a team and we’ve got to get back to our winning ways.”— Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin — Max Domi — Andrew Shaw
Artturi Lehkonen — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Paul Byron
Kenny Agostino — Michael Chaput — Charles Hudon
Jordie Benn — Shea Weber
Mike Reilly — Jeff Petry
David Schlemko — Victor Mete
Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Brett Kulak, Matthew Peca
Injured: Joel Armia (knee)
Coyotes projected lineup
Conor Garland — Nick Schmaltz — Clayton Keller
Alex Galchenyuk — Derek Stepan — Christian Fischer
Richard Panik — Brad Richardson — Josh Archibald
Lawson Crouse — Nick Cousins — Mario Kempe
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Kevin Connauton
Jakob Chychrun — Niklas Hjalmarsson
Alex Goligoski — Ilya Lyubushkin
Scratched: Jordan Oesterle, Adin Hill
Injured: Christian Dvorak (upper body), Jason Demers (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Michael Grabner (upper body), Vinnie Hinostroza (lower body)
Hinostroza is close to returning but likely won’t play.
Petry has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. … The Coyotes are 6-2-1 in their past nine games against the Canadiens, winning each game last season. … Ekman-Larsson has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 12 games against the Canadiens. … Kuemper is 0-4-1 in his past five starts. His last win was Nov. 15 against the Nashville Predators.