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About the Canadiens - 03-02-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Canadiens.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Bell Centre.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NHL Network (rest of the United States), CBC, RDS.

Record: 13-4-3, 29 points. The Canadiens are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Northeast Division

Leading Scorer: Max Pacioretty, 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists).

Last Game: 5-2 road win against the Maple Leafs, Wednesday. Pacioretty scored two gaols for the Canadiens

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 home shootout win, Feb. 7, 2012. Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves for the Penguins.

Canadiens Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Pacioretty. He has points in six of his last seven games.

Ex-Penguins on the Canadiens: Colby Armstrong, RW; Marc-Bergevin, general manager; J.J. Daigneault, assistant coach; Michel Therrien (above), head coach.

Ex-Canadiens on the Penguins: Tomas Vokoun, G; Andre Savard, professional scout.

Useless Canadiens Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Therrien is one of two men to serve as head coach of the Penguins and Canadiens. The other is Bob Berry.

Best Canadiens Video We Could Find: Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy taking out Rangers right winger Mike Gartner with a shoulder check in 1993-94:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (3-3-0, 3.26 GAA, .891 SV%) for the Penguins. Carey Price (11-3-2, 1.90 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Canadiens.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Paul Martin ("lower body) is out. Center Evgeni Malkin (concussion) is on injured reserve. For the Canadiens, left winger Rene Bourque (concussion), defenseman Raphael Diaz (concussion) and center Petteri Nokelainen (back) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines at today's morning skate (PG+):

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 18  James Neal
19 Beau Bennett - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

Their expected defensive pairings are:

44 Brooks Orpik - 58 Kris Letang
4 Mark Eaton - 2 Matt Niskanen
5 Engelland - 47 Simon Despres

The Canadiens held an optional skate today. Their primary lines and defensive pairings at practice yesterday were:

21 Brian Gionta - 14 Tomas Plekanec - 8 Brandon Prust
27 Alex Galchenyuk - 81 Lars Eller - 73 Michael Ryder
11 Brendan Gallagher - 51 David Desharnais - 67 Max Pacioretty
20 Colby Armstrong - 53 Ryan White - 32 Travis Moen

26 Josh Gorges - 55 Francis Bouillon
79 Andrei Markov - 74 Alexei Emelin
76 P.K. Subban - 22 Tomas Kaberle

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Canadiens, this happened:

-The last time Markov played the Penguins, he was injured on a hit by Cooke in Game 1 of a 2010 Eastern Conference semifinal series:

-Vokoun had 49 career shutouts.

-Vokoun has a 6-9-4 career record against the Canadiens with a 2.45 goals against average and .925 save percentage.

-Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass goaltender Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Vokoun and Mark Eaton will play in the same game as teammates for the first time since April 30, 2006 when as members of the Predators, they lost Game 5 of a Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Sharks, 2-1.

-Prust has appeared in his 299 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:55 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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