A preview of the Canadiens.
When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, TSN, RDS.
Record: 27-15-5, 59 points. The Canadiens are in third place in the Atlantic Division.
Leading Scorer: P.K. Subban, 35 points (8 goals, 27 assists).
Last Game: 5-3 road loss to the Maple Leafs, Saturday. Carey Price made 25 saves for the Canadiens.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 home win, Nov. 23. Max Pacioretty (right) scored two goals for the Canadiens.
Canadiens Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Pacioretty. He has a four-game point-scoring streak.
Ex-Penguins on the Canadiens: Marc Bergevin, general manager; Jean-Jacques Daigneault, assistant coach; Douglas Murray, D; Michel Therrien, head coach.
Ex-Canadiens on the Penguins: Jacques Martin, assistant coach; Tomas Vokoun, G.
Useless Canadiens Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The Czech-born Vokoun, who made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 1996-97, was the second European-born goaltender in Canadiens history. The first was Wilf Cude, a native of Barry, Wales. Cude played for Montreal from 1934-35 until 1940-41.
Best Canadiens Video We Could Find: Former Canadiens center Jean Beliveau scoring a goal in Game 7 of the 1965 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (27-11-1, 2.33 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Carey Price (22-13-4, 2.30 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Canadiens.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), centers Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Brian Gibbons ("lower body"), Joe Vitale ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Canadiens, center David Desharnais (flu) is probable. Centers Alex Galchenyuk (hand), Ryan White ("upper body") and defenseman David Drewiske (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 - 12 Chuck Kobasew
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 15 Tanner Glass
27 Craig Adams - 46 Joe Vitale - 5 Deryk Engelland
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
-The Canadiens expected lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
67 Max Pacioretty - 51 David Desharnais - 11 Brendan Gallagher
81 Lars Eller - 14 Tomas Plekanec - 21 Brian Gionta
8 Brandon Prust - 48 Daniel Brière - 17 Rene Bourque
32 Travis Moen - 49 Michael Bournival - 71 Louis Leblanc
79 Andrei Markov- 76 P.K. Subban
40 Nathan Beaulieu - 26 Josh Gorges
6 Douglas Murray - 55 Francis Bouillon
-The last time the Penguins played the Canadiens, this happened:
-Eller has 97 career points.
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