CANADIENS (34-22-7) at DUCKS (43-14-5)
TV: RDS, TSN-HABS, PRIME
Last 10: Montreal 6-2-2; Anaheim 6-4-0
Season series: Anaheim owns an all-time record of 10-10-3 vs. Montreal, including a 5-5-1 mark at Honda Center. Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Ducks have picked up 11-of-14 points in the seven contests between the two NHL clubs, going 5-1-1 since Dec. 10, 2005. In four career contests vs. his former team, Saku Koivu has one assist with six penalty minutes.
Big story: The Ducks weren't waiting until the last minute, making a number of moves Tuesday ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline set for noon PT today. They solved a goaltending dilemma by sending Viktor Fasth to the Edmonton Oilers and traded forward Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals. The Ducks received draft picks in return as well as some additional room under the salary cap, which they used in acquiring veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars.
Anaheim is riding its best start to a season through 62 games, improving upon its previous mark of 35-17-10 for 80 points in 2006-07. This is the deepest into a season that the Ducks have ever led the league in points (previously 48 games, 2006-07). Anaheim also has the best home (24-5-2) and road (19-9-3) records, has scored the most goals (200) and allowed the fewest (146) at this stage of the season in club history.
Ducks: Still in the driver's seat to win the Presidents' Trophy heading into the final quarter of the regular season, Anaheim tinkered with its roster Tuesday in an attempt to make sure this year's run at a Stanley Cup goes a lot deeper than the 2013 seven-game loss to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round.
With Sheldon Souray unable to play this season, the Ducks turn to another defenseman with ties to the Stars and Canadiens: Robidas, a seventh-round pick of Montreal (No. 164) in 1995. Robidas hasn't played since Nov. 29 because of a broken leg, but he's expected to be ready before the playoffs begin.
"I'm hoping to be ready in a couple weeks," Robidas said. "March 14 is the date I set with my rehab, and everything is going really well."
"He came up here as a fill-in and he just kept playing better and better and better," coach Bruce Boudreau said of Andersen.
Canadiens: Price (lower body) was placed on injured reserve ahead of Montreal's 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The transaction retroactive to Feb. 26 and he can be activated as soon as he's ready to return to the crease.
Fortunately, the Canadiens don't have to rush matters with veteran backup Peter Budaj capably holding the fort in Price's absence. He's gone 16-6-5 over the past two seasons.
"I'm just taking things one game at a time. I know it's a cliché but we have to look at the next task ahead of us and we have to see what we did right and what we did wrong today and fix the mistakes to get ready for next game," Budaj said. "I try to prepare myself physically and mentally for when I get a chance to play and so far I feel great. My energy levels are really good and hopefully it stays that way."
The Canadiens added depth on defense Tuesday, acquiring Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in a trade for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Who's hot: Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano has goals in consecutive games and a career-high 19 for the season. Forward Corey Perry has three goals in as many games. ... Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has goals in consecutive games. Forward Max Pacioretty has three goals and two assists during a three-game point streak.
Injury report: Anaheim forward Mathieu Perreault (upper body) missed the game Sunday and is day-to-day. ... Price (lower body) and forwards Michael Bournival (concussion) and Brandon Prust (upper body) are on injured reserve for Montreal.
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