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Saturday, November 2nd (All times Eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (8-6-0) at Colorado Avalanche (11-1-0), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Roy will face his former Montreal Canadiens team for the first time as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche when the two clubs get together on Saturday night in Denver.

Roy has the Avalanche off to an 11-1-0 beginning to the season, his first on the bench with the club, matching the best start in franchise history first set by the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques. He'll try to lead Colorado to a sixth straight win tonight against a Canadiens team in which he began his NHL career with.

The Canadiens made Roy a third-round pick in the 1984 draft and he spent his first 10-plus seasons with Montreal before his infamous trade to Colorado in December of 1995.

During his time with the Habs, he won a pair of Conn Smythe Trophies and Stanley Cup titles in 1986 and 1993. He also won two Cups and another Conn Smythe award with the Avalanche.

The Avalanche played through some off-the-ice issues to remain hot with last night's 3-2 overtime victory in Dallas. The win allowed Colorado to match a club record with six straight road wins to begin the season.

Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves, getting the start just two days after he turned himself in and was arrested on domestic violence-related charges in Denver. He faces charges of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault, but is allowed to travel with the team.

"I think I am the luckiest guy in the world because I play in the NHL and I play for this team," Varlamov said. "I've got such good teammates, so I don't think about what's happening. Like I said before, no comments on that. I think I felt very comfortable today and the team and I played a good game."

Paul Stastny's second goal of the game came at the 3:36 mark of overtime, while Gabriel Landeskog also scored.

Colorado will begin a four-game homestand tonight by honoring former defenseman Adam Foote as the Avs are set to retire his No. 52 jersey prior to the game.

Foote will become the fifth player in the Avalanche's 18-year history to have his number retired, joining Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77). He will also mark the ninth player in club history to get the honor, joining former Quebec Nordiques skaters Peter Stastny (26), Michel Goulet (16), Marc Tardif (8) and J.C. Tremblay (3).

The 42-year-old Foote played 17 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise, winning Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001.

Montreal-born netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere could get the start for Roy's club tonight. He has won all three of his starts this season, stopping 101- of-103 shots faced and posting two shutouts. Giguere is 7-3-0 with a tie and 2.63 goals against average in his career versus Montreal.

The Habs look to rebound after a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild last night. Brian Gionta's goal with 9:47 left in the third period completed a two-goal rally for Montreal, but Minnesota's Jason Pominville scored the winner with 5:28 to go.

P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist, Brendan Gallagher scored and Andrei Markov assisted on all three goals. Carey Price allowed four goals on 25 shots.

"We didn't play a full game," Gionta said. "We had spurts where we did it and you saw that we were successful at that time, but this league is too tough. You've got to do it for 60 minutes to get wins."

Montreal is likely to have forward Max Pacioretty back in the lineup tonight. He has missed the last eight games with a hamstring injury and has two goals in five games.

Peter Budaj, meanwhile, is expected to get the start in net tonight for the Canadiens and will face his former Avalanche team for the first time.

Budaj was a second-round pick by the Avs in 2001 and played six seasons with the franchise before signing with the Habs as a free agent. A former starter for Colorado, his best season with the club came in 2006-07, when he made a career-high 57 appearances and went 31-16-6 with a 2.68 GAA and three shutouts.

The Avalanche have won three straight over the Canadiens and own 10 victories and two ties in the past 15 meetings. They have seven wins and a tie in the nine meetings in Colorado.

11/02 10:56:29 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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