About the Canadiens - 04-17-13

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: 26-11-5, 57 points. The Canadiens are in second place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Northeast Division

Leading Scorer: P.K. Subban (right), 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists).

Last Game: 7-3 home loss to the Flyers, Monday. Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens.

Last Game against the Penguins: 1-0 road loss, March 26. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for the Penguins.

Canadiens Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Brenden Gallagher. He has points in three 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: Bergevin (1,191) is one of five active NHL general managers who appeared in over 1,000 games during their NHL playing careers. The others are Edmonton's Craig MacTavish (1,093), Dallas' Joe Nieuwendyk (1,257), San Jose's Doug Wilson (1,024) and Tampa Bay's Steve Yzerman (1,514).

Best Canadiens Video We Could Find: Canadiens legend Maurice Richard pitching for Grecian Formula:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (21-6-0, 2.26 GAA, .919 SV%) for the Penguins. Peter Budaj (7-1-1, 2.19 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Canadiens.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin ("upper body") is doubtful. Center Sidney Crosby (mouth) and left winger James Neal (concussion) are out. Defenseman Paul Martin (hand) is on injured reserve. For the Canadiens, right winger Michael Ryder ("upper body") and defenseman Alexei Emelin (knee) are out. Right winger Colby Armstrong (knee) and defenseman Raphael Diaz (concussion) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a full morning skate. Their expected lines and defensive pairings are:

14 Chris Kunitz - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow - 9 Pascal Dupuis - 19 Beau Bennett
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

58 Kris Letang - 44 Brooks Orpik
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
4 Mark Eaton - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Canadiens expected lines and defensive pairings are:

17 Rene Bourque - 14 Tomas Plekanec - 21 Brian Gionta
11 Brendan Gallagher - 51 David Desharnais - 67 Max Pacioretty
27 Alex Galchenyuk - 81 Lars Eller - 8 Brandon Prust
45 Mike Blunden - 24 Jeff Halpern - 32 Travis Moen

76 P.K. Subban - 26 Josh Gorges
79 Andrei Markov - 55 Francis Bouillon
44 Davis Drewiske - 68 Yannick Weber


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

-This too:

-Fleury has 149 career losses.

-Kunitz has 398 career points.

-Iginla will have 1,099 career points.

-Former Penguins and Canadiens right winger Mark Recchi will be inducted into the Penguins' hall of fame along with former team physician Dr. Charles Burke.

-Canadiens center Ryan White is suspended pending an in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL.

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(Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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