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Blues At Canadiens Morning Open Thread: Back On Track

The Habs are the hottest team in the NHL right now, while the Blues need to get back in the score column.

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Tuesday night was not the Blues' best showing - it was the third time this season that they have been shut out. The Bruins are a difficult opponent; the Canadiens are harder.

Right now the Habs sit atop the NHL with 29 points, one ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Many of those points are directly attributable to goaltender Carey Price, whose play has been better than his stats (2.58 GAA, .914 save percentage) indicate. The Habs fall behind in games early, and Price clamps down pretty consistently to allow his team the chance to get back into it.

That needs to be something that the Blues change. If the Habs let the Blues into the game early, St. Louis needs to make sure that Montreal's foot doesn't stay in the door. Three periods of sustained pressure is what the Blues need to win a game against the Canadiens. The Blues've won five straight in regulation against the Habs and haven't lost in Montreal in nearly seven years - then again, look at how long it had been since the Blues lost in Boston. Streaks mean squat.

This is your morning open thread. Check back later on for some Road Music and other fun, and while you're waiting for the gameday thread, head by Eyes On The Prize and see how Canadiens fans are coping with being the best team in the NHL after the first quarter of the season.