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About the Canadiens - 03-26-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Canadiens.

When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, TSN, RDS, .

Record: 25-8-0, 45 points. The Canadiens are in second place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Northeast Division

Leading Scorer: Michael Ryder, 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 home loss to the Sabres, Saturday. Carey Price (right) made 16 saves for the Canadiens

Last Game against the Penguins: 7-6 overtime home loss, March 2. Brandon Sutter scored for the Penguins.

Canadiens Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Ryder. He has goals in two consecutive games.

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

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

Useless Canadiens Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Colby Armstrong (2001) is one of three former first-round picks of the Penguins to play for the Canadiens. The others are Pierre Larouche (1974) and Zarley Zalapski (1986).

Best Canadiens Video We Could Find: We're not exactly sure what's going on in this video from 1984, but it features Mario Lemieux - wearing a tan jacket and plum-colored pants  - prior to being drafted by the Penguins in 1984 accepting an award from former Penguins star Pierre Larouche and dropping the puck for a ceremonial faceoff between Nordiques captain Mario Marois and Canadiens captain Bob Gainey at Le Colisee in Quebec City:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (17-5-0, 2.31 GAA, .914 SV%) for the Penguins. Carey Price (16-5-4, 2.32 GAA, .911 SV%) for the Canadiens.

Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger Matt Cooke (undisclosed) is questionable. Center Evgeni Malkin ("upper-body") is on injured reserve. For the Canadiens, defenseman Raphael Diaz (concussion), Yannick Weber (knee), right winger Rene Bourque (concussion) and left winger Brandon Prust (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
10 Brenden Morrow - 17 Dustin Jeffrey - 18 James Neal
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
58 Kris Letang - 4 Mark Eaton
2 Matt Niskanen - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Canadiens' primary lines and defensive pairings today were:

67 Max Pacioretty - 51 David Desharnais - 11 Brendan Gallagher
73 Michael Ryder - 14 Tomas Plekanec - 21 Brian Gionta
27 Alex Galchenyuk - 81 Lars Eller - 20 Colby Armstrong
32 Travis Moen - 24 Jeff Halpern - 37 Gabriel Dumont

79 Andrei Markov - 74 Alexei Emelin
26 Josh Gorges - 76 P.K. Subban
55 Francis Bouillon - 42 Jarred Tinordi

Notes:

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

-The Penguins assigned defenseman Simon Despres to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and activated Kris Letang ("lower body") off injured reserve.

-The Penguins have won 12 consecutive games. The streak is tied for second-longest in franchise history. The first game of this streak was the wild 7-6 win in Montreal, March 2.

-Letang has 199 career points.

-Orpik is one game from tying Ron Schock (619) for sixth most games in franchise history.

-Dupuis has 198 career points with the franchise.

-Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Subban has 98 career points.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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