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The second half of the season kicks off tonight, as the Montreal Canadiens host Jason Spezza and the Dallas Stars from the Bell Centre. Listeners in the Montreal region can listen to the game live on TSN Radio 690 at 6pm et. Goaltender Carey Price was absent from Mondays practice but is expected to start in goal this evening. Price, as well as forward Jiri Sekacs, flight out of Columbus on Monday was delayed due to poor weather. The Canadiens are third in the Atlantic Division, two points back of second-place Detroit and three behind Tampa Bay for first. Theyre hoping the layoff didnt cool off their momentum, as they went 12-3-1 in their last 16 games. Its tight, but I think its going to be a lot of fun come the end of the season, right wing Brendan Gallagher told the teams official website. I think a lot of teams will be battling and its going to be exciting. Its not going to be easy, and weve got a lot of games against those top teams - which will be huge to move up the standings - but right now weve just got to focus on the two points that are up for grabs on Tuesday. Max Pacioretty, who leads Montreal with 21 goals and 38 points, netted seven tallies with three assists during a seven-game point streak before it ended in last Tuesdays 2-1 overtime win at home against Nashville. The left wing has failed to get a point in five of six career meetings with Dallas, including Decembers loss. Spezza wont deny that his arrival in Dallas helped create expectations the Stars struggled to meet early in the season. Hes just glad the weight wasnt enough to ruin the season before the Stars reached the All-Star break. Now, Spezza and the Stars emerge from the layoff looking to sweep the season series from the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at Bell Centre. When youre a team that makes the playoffs and then you add a couple of pieces, the expectations take another step, said Spezza, who was acquired from Ottawa last summer, giving Dallas (21-18-7) more firepower to go with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Sometimes it doesnt work like that right off the hop, he added. And weve kind of had a wishy-washy first half, but fortunately find ourselves not too far on the outside with a chance here to make some ground in the second half. The Stars are four points out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, and they can thank Seguin for keeping them that close. The All-Star center is tied with Rick Nash of the New York Rangers for the NHL lead in goals with 28, a big reason why Dallas is fourth in scoring at 3.09 goals per game. The Stars, though, rank 27th defensively with 3.26 allowed. We lost a few games and maybe thats part of the reason we couldnt get our traction back there for a little while, said defenseman Alex Goligoski, a veteran of several offseasons without any expectations in Dallas. Thats all history. I think weve settled in pretty nice now and its a 36-game season. The Stars went 11-5-2 in 18 games before the break, but coach Lindy Ruff left the impression that Kari Lehtonen wasnt a lock as his top goalie. Lehtonens 2.98 goals-against average is his worst in six seasons in Dallas, but backup Anders Lindback is sporting a 3.79 GAA. Kari is still my guy, Ruff said. Its a tough place to be because hes the reason a lot of times when were winning games and theres been some nights hes had some tough ones go in and its probably the reason weve lost. Lehtonen only needed to make 16 saves while Seguin scored twice in a 4-1 home win over Montreal (29-13-3) on Dec. 6. Seguin, second in the NHL with 52 points, has six goals and seven assists in his last eight meetings with the Canadiens, but no points in the last two on the road. Projected Canadiens Lines vs. Stars Forwards: Pacioretty - Plekanec - Weise Galchenyuk - Desharnais - Gallagher Sekac - Eller - Prust Bournival - Malhotra - Thomas Defence: Markov - Subban Beaulieu - Gonchar Emelin - Gilbert Goalies: Price starting Tokarski Scratches: Weaver, Parenteau (concussion) Game Notes: DAL is 1-0-0 vs MTL this season, winning at home MTL was 1-0-0 at home vs DAL last season Montreal: won 2 straight at home, 8GF, 4/7 on PP Markov (4A) past 2 games Dallas: 1-1-2 past 4 road games, 3GA or more in each of the games, 1/11 on PP Spezza (1G, 4A) 4 game PT streak NBA Jerseys Store . A receiver doesnt make the catch on a passing play and instantly motions to the ref – and everybody else – for a pass interference flag. Cheap NBA Jerseys . The 23-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., defeated Germanys Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday in the fourth round of the Sony Open in just 89 minutes. . -- David Ortiz saved his only hit for a key moment for the Boston Red Sox. Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic . They never thought it would take some blood, too. Kevin Love grabbed his 4,000th career rebound as part of a 19-point, 13-board effort to lead the Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 112-97 on Tuesday night. Clearance NBA Jerseys .The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, dropping the rush end as they prepare for several potential reinforcements to return to the defensive line.Chelsea will go hammer and tongs to end Tottenhams title hopes on Monday Night Football, according to Ray Wilkins. The sides clash on Sky Sports 1HD with Mauricio Pochettinos team needing to end a 26-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge to stop Leicester winning the Premier League title.Tottenham have played 23 times at Chelsea in the Premier League and have never won, drawing eight and losing 15 times - the longest losing away streak in Premier League history. Willian says the Chelsea players dont want Tottenham to win the league and will be doing their upmost to beat them Former Chelsea player and coach Wilkins beelieves these stats will not hamper Spurs belief, but he expects the outgoing champions to end their pursuit of the championship.ddddddddddddSpurs will take the game as it comes. They wont be worried too much about those stats, he told Sky Sports News HQ.Theyre playing some exceptional football at the moment and theyll think they can go and win at Stamford Bridge tonight. John Terry is expected to return for Chelsea and Wilkins thinks he will be crucial Those players have to believe. The Chelsea lads dont get on with Tottenham, shall we say, and they will be going hammer and tongs to make sure Chelsea win and Claudio Ranieri wraps up the title.Chelsea midfielder and ex-Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas recently admitted, as a pundit on Monday Night Football, that he did not want Spurs to win the league. And Wilkins said: Hes an ex-Gooner, so hes got that bit extra against Tottenham anyway, and youd expect him to have that opinion.Chelsea have underperformed and they will want to stop Tottenham progressing tonight.It will be played in that environment and if John Terry comes back, as much as Tottenham will be fired-up to win, hell make sure Chelsea are too. Also See: Sky Live: Chelsea v Tottenham Hiddink turns up heat on Spurs Redknapps MNF preview Police warning ahead of derby ' ' '

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