Canadiens perfect at home
Only the Anaheim Ducks, who've played one more game, have more points than the Montreal Canadiens (8-2-1) after the first month and a day of the season.
The Habs are a perfect 4-0-0 at the Bell Centre as they complete the season's series with the Flames. Montreal won 2-1 in a shootout Oct. 28 in Calgary.
Despite giving up as many goals as they have scored (29-29), the Canadiens are enjoying one of their best starts since the hey-days of the late 70's when they dominated for four consecutive Stanley Cup triumphs.
October Molson Cup winner Carey Price is 7-1-1 on the season with a save percentage of .952.
None of the Canadiens are in double figures in points with Tomas Plekanec who has slumped after a fast start, the goals and points leader with five and nine, respectively.
Flames turned up the heat
Calgary is beginning a five-game road trip after a 2-2-1 homestand. They are 4-2 on the road thus far and came to Montreal with the momentum of a three-goal third period rally that sent them past Nashville 4-3 on Friday.
Johnny Gaudreau continues to turn heads with his offensive skills while a par of defencemen, Mark Giordano and T.J, Brodie lead the Flames with nine points each.
Jonas Hiller, 4-0-1 in his last five starts, is expected to start in goal.
Jets' Pavelec coming into his own
Ondrej Pavalec shut out the Rangers in New York for 60 minutes plus overtime and stopped three of four shoot-out attempts in the Jets' 1-0 win Saturday that evened their record at 5-5-1.
Evander Kane scored the winner against the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist to give the Jets their fifth point in three games on the road sojourn.
The Blackhawks played an exciting game in Toronto Saturday, twice losing one-goal leads before falling 3-2.
They outshot the Leafs 47-27 but couldn't solve James Reimer after the 4:28 mark of the second period. Both Chicago goals came on the power play, but the Hawks fell to 2-4 in their last six starts.
Canucks stretch streak to four
Vancouver faces a rested Nashville line-up that had Saturday evening off while the Canucks used a third period shorthanded goal to get past the Oilers, 3-2 in Edmonton.
Derek Dorsett pounced on a poor clearing attempt by Edmonton goaltender Ben Scrivens to break a 2-2 tie and lead the Canucks (8-3-0) to their eighth win in 11 starts.
Ryan Miller got the win in goal but Eddie Lack is expected to start because Miller has yet to play on back-to-back nights so far this season.
Nashville's netminder Pekka Rinne is 6-2-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average this year, but has struggled with the Canucks in the past. Rinne has a 1-4-1 record with a 3.96 GAA versus Vancouver.