MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Coming off a solid victory over the Ottawa
Senators, Jose Theodore will carry a dose of momentum against
his former team.
Theodore is expected to be in goal to oppose the Montreal
Canadiens for the first time when they host the Colorado
Avalanche on Saturday in their only encounter of the season.
The Hart and Vezina Trophy winner in 2001-2002, Theodore won 141
games for the Canadiens before he fractured his heel in
January. He was traded to Colorado for David Aebischer on March
The 30-year-old Theodore made 26 saves en route to his third
victory with the Avalanche and Brad Richardson scored his second
shorthanded goal in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Senators.
Captain Joe Sakic netted his third tally of the campaign in the
second period. The former Hart and Lady Byng Trophy winner has
577 goals - the 17th-highest total in league history - and 1,495
points, good for 11th all-time.
After winning three of their previous four games, the Canadiens
suffered their first regulation loss in Chicago since 1999 with
Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to the Blackhawks.
Chris Higgins scored his fourth goal of the season late in the
first period for Montreal, which failed to score on six
Marek Svatos and Ian Lapierrere netted tallies for the Avalanche
in their most recent matchup against the Canadiens, a 2-1
triumph on January 11.