Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen has a lot on his plate with Carey Price temporarily out of the picture.

The matchup: The Canadiens are coming off a 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday that dropped their season record to 0-4, Montreal is the only team in the Atlantic Division without a win and the situation has become so dire that general manager Marc Bergevin made a rare guest appearance at the press conference following the Canadiens’ practice Wednesday. The Canadiens lost their first five games in 1995, but the team’s record for futility is an 0-7 start in 1937. The Hurricanes have played only two games and are off to a much better start with wins over the New York Islanders and the Nashville Predators.

Time to tighten up: The Canadiens are having trouble scoring goals and that means the defence has to play better. Goaltender Jake Allen has a lot on his plate with Carey Price temporarily out of the picture. In his three starts, Allen has given the Canadiens a chance to win on two occasions, but against San Jose Tuesday, he had plenty of company as the Canadiens struggled. Defence has been a strong point for the Canadiens in recent years, but they have allowed 3.75 goals a game to rank 23rd in the league and the penalty-kill, which was outstanding in the playoffs, has allowed seven goals and ranks 29th with a success rate of 58.8 per cent.

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