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Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Attendance: 21,187
Canucks hope Toffoli can fix woes vs. Canadiens
Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens
- Montreal has won eight straight over Vancouver and has taken points in 16 of the 17 games between these teams (14-1-2) in the last 10 seasons. Only one Eastern Conference team has more wins over any Western Conference team since 2010-11 (Boston, 16 wins vs. Arizona).
- Vancouver's nine goals against Boston on Saturday were the most for the franchise since January 1996 (nine). This was Vancouver's 20th game scoring at least five goals this season, most in the NHL.
- Montreal beat Ottawa on Saturday, 3-0 -- three of Montreal's four shutouts this season have come since January 13 -- only Columbus (four) has more shutouts in this span. Prior to this shutout, Montreal had allowed 22 goals in its previous six games (3.67 per game).
- Max Domi scored two goals on Saturday after scoring one goal over his first 23 games of the 2020 calendar year. Both goals came in the first period, and he has more first-period goals this season (seven) than he has in the second and third periods combined (six). He also has two overtime goals.
- J.T. Miller had three assists on Saturday and Vancouver is now 15-1-1 in his multi-point games this season, the third best team record in any player's multi-point games (min. 15 multi-point games) behind Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov (14-1-0) and Boston's Brad Marchand (19-1-1).
- Tyler Toffoli had two goals and an assist in his second game playing for the Canucks -- he's had three points in two of his last three games after having three points in one of his first 57 games this season.
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Tyler Toffoli has made quite the early impression with the Vancouver Canucks.
The veteran winger looks to continue a strong start with his new team when the Canucks aim to avoid a fourth straight road defeat and halt their current series struggles against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
In one of the bigger pre-trade deadline moves, Vancouver acquired the talented Toffoli last week from Los Angeles. He recorded an assist during a 4-3 shootout home loss to Minnesota in his Canucks debut last Wednesday, then broke out for two goals with an assist in Saturday's 9-3 rout of Boston.
"Obviously, scoring a goal this early makes it a little easier, but at the same time, you've just got to keep working," Toffoli, who secured his fourth season of at least 20 goals, told NHL.com.
"It sounds cliché, but keep trying to build these guys, not just my linemates, but everybody. Lots of talk and lots of work, and, we're going to have some fun."
Third in the ridiculously tight Pacific Division, Vancouver has scored 22 goals amid a 3-1-1 stretch, but that all came at home. The Canucks managed five goals during their current 0-2-1 rut on the road, where they'll play the next four.
It hasn't mattered where the Canucks have faced Montreal, as it's been rough anywhere. Vancouver is 0-6-2 against the Canadiens since a 5-1 home victory on Oct. 27, 2015. The Canucks' last victory at Montreal came on Dec. 8, 2011, and they needed a shootout to get it done.
Tomas Tatar and Shea Weber, who both remained in Montreal through the trade deadline, each scored third-period, power-play goals in a 3-1 win at Vancouver on Dec. 17, as Carey Price had 38 saves.
The Canadiens, a serious long shot to make the playoffs, did not have veteran Ilya Kovalchuk in that contest, and won't Tuesday.
Montreal traded Kovalchuk, who had 13 points in 22 games with the club this season, to Washington on Sunday for a 2020 third-round pick. The Canadiens also sent veteran forward Nate Thompson to Philadelphia and Nick Cousins to Vegas on Monday. Without Kovalchuk, Thompson and Cousins, the Canadiens will try to match a season high with their third consecutive win.
Price stopped 30 shots to record his 48th career shutout with a 3-0 win at Ottawa on Saturday. It was a strong effort after Price gave up at least three goals in each of his previous six starts.
He's posted a stellar 1.57 goals-against average and two shutouts during a seven-game winning streak versus Vancouver. At home against the Canucks in his career, Price is 6-0-1 with a 1.13 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage.
Tatar has a team-leading 21 goals for Montreal, and five in his last six games versus Vancouver.
The Canucks' Jacob Markstrom, who made 34 saves versus Boston, has allowed eight goals in his last two road games. He owns a 3.45 goals-against average during an 0-4-1 stretch against the Canadiens.
Markstrom reportedly will be out 3-4 weeks with a knee issue. In related news, the Canucks acquired goaltender Louis Domingue (3-8-2, 3.79 GAA) from New Jersey.
Backup Thatcher Demko is 3-5-1 with a 3.29 GAA as a road starter this season.
Vancouver's J.T. Miller has three goals and five assists over the last five games. However, he's failed to score in his last three against the Canadiens while with Tampa Bay and the Canucks.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 24, 2020