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Canadiens vs. Penguins: Game Thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

The Canadiens are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins.

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If we were to look at these two teams based on their past ten games, the Penguins would look slightly better than the Habs, having posted a record of 8-2-0 the Canadiens 7-2-1 record.

Analyzing this a little further adds layer of detail to the story of these teams, in that while the Penguins earned one more win than the Habs over this span of games, they only managed 26 goals-for and 20 goals-against compared to the Canadiens 39 goals-for and 22 goals-against.

Had anyone told you in September that the storylines of the Habs and Penguins would be reversed - that the Habs would be a scoring powerhouse and the Penguins would be struggling to score goals - you probably would have told them to get off your lawn with that kind of nonsense.

But here we are, a significant portion of the season already in the books, and the Canadiens are 1st in the league in goals-for (59) while the Pens and their highly explosive offensive weapons sit 27th (31 goals-for in 14 games).

Needless to say, everything has been working for the Habs this year. Even in the absence of Carey Price, the Canadiens have been able to depend on the stability of Mike Condon who has gone 4-0-1 since Price has been out of the lineup, with a .938 sv% and 1.6 GAA.

The Pens are coming off a 5-2 loss to Calgary on Saturday, putting an end to their six-game winning streak. The Pens' trouble scoring has been a troubling point for a team that touts the likes of Evegni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel. Only two penguins players have more than ten points (Malkin and Kessel), whereas the Canadiens have nine players with more than ten points, including two defensemen (Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban, who each have 14 points).

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In the Canadiens' region (French): RDS
In the Canadiens' region (English): Sportsnet
In the Penguins' region: RSN
In the United States: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller Alex Galchenyuk Devante Smith-Pelly
Tomas Fleischmann David Desharnais Dale Weise
Paul Byron Torrey Mitchell Brian Flynn
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Mike Condon
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Jarred Tinordi, Alexander Semin
Carey Price (lower body), Michael Bournival (post-concussion syndrome)

Pittsburgh Penguins Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Pascal Dupuis Sidney Crosby Beau Bennett
David Perron Evgeni Malkin Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz Nick Bonino Patric Hornqvist
Daniel Sprong Matt Cullen Eric Fehr
Left Defense
Right Defense
Ian Cole Kris Letang
Olli Maata Rob Scuderi
Ben Lovejoy Brian Dumoulin
Marc-Andre Fleury
Jeff Zatkoff

Scratched: Adam Clendening
Injuries: Bryan Rust (undisclosed)

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