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STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Former Flame Steve Begin was a healthy scratch for the Canadiens' first nine games. On the fourth line with Georges Laraque and Maxim Lapierre these days, he's seen his ice time rise. During an impressive 6-2 win over the New York Rangers last week, Begin had a goal and an assist as the fourth line became the Habs' most productive for a night.

ROY'S SPECIAL MEMORIES

Matthew Lombardi had a great homecoming when the Flames visited Montreal two seasons ago. While Andre Roy doesn't expect a two-goal game like Lombardi had in October of 2006, the former Ste-Jerome resident already has fond memories against the Canadiens. He scored his first NHL point in his hometown. "I think it was my second game. I played in Boston, we flew to Montreal and I got an assist," recalled Roy, then a 21-year-old rookie with the Bruins.

PRIMEAU NOT READY TO GO

Wayne Primeau was walking around Montreal in crutches with a boot on his left foot. Head coach Mike Keenan said he was still day-to-day, but definitely wouldn't suit up tonight against the Canadiens ... Keenan expects C Dustin Boyd to be able to return to the lineup against the Habs. He missed five games with a suspected shoulder injury ... The Flames cancelled practice yesterday and enjoyed a recovery day instead ... Saku Koivu now sits 11th on the Canadiens' all-time points list after assisting on Matt D'Agostini's goal Saturday night ... The Habs have played in 15 one-goal games this season ... The Canadiens unveiled their new practice facility, the Bell Sports Complex, yesterday. Goaltender Carey Price was blown away by the double-rink facility. "This place is top notch. It's so big I haven't even seen it all yet," he told canadiens.com. "You could even play hide and go seek in here and no one would ever find you. We've got everything here. The TVs here are bigger than what I've got at home."


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