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The Habs are seeking consecutive wins for the first time since the end of November.

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The Habs did it: they won a game, and put an end to their longest losing streak of the season. They appeared to be on the brink of losing their seventh in a row after giving up two goals in 45 seconds late in the third period, but they prevailed for their third win in the month of December with a shootout win last night over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Habs will get a chance at recording their fourth win of the month when they visit the Panthers tonight, who momentarily held first place in the Atlantic Division until the Canadiens jumped back ahead of them after last night's win. The Panthers have been on a very good run, and are currently on a six-game winning streak during which they've scored 22 goals and have only allowed 9.

Roberto Luongo will get the start for the Panthers, and will be seeking his sixth win in six starts. Luongo has been outstanding on the Panthers winning streak, posting a .936 save percentage and a 1.6 goals-against average. Jaromir Jagr continues to show up the gods of aging, and has been very productive this season with 10 goals and 15 assists. Jagr has 88 points in 79 games against the Canadiens in his illustrious career.

Ben Scrivens gets his first start after being acquired yesterday by the Canadiens. Scrivens played 10 games for Edmonton Oilers' AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors, posting a .893 save percentage. For more on Ben Scrivens, check out Jack Han's analysis of how he could actually be a helpful addition to the Canadiens' lineup. He'll get his chance to help the Habs put together consecutive wins for the first time since the end of November.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

How To Watch:
In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In the Panthers' region: FS-FL
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Dale Weise
Daniel Carr Alex Galchenyuk Lars Eller
Tomas Fleischmann Tomas Plekanec Sven Andrighetto
Paul Byron Torrey Mitchell Brian Flynn
Left Defense
Right Defense
Nathan Beaulieu P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio Greg Pateryn
Goaltenders
Ben Scrivens
Mike Condon

Scratched: Devante Smith-Pelly, Alexei Emelin, Jarred Tinordi
Injuries:
Carey Price (lower body) Brendan Gallagher (broken fingers), Tom Gilbert (lower body)

Florida Panthers Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen Vincent Trocheck Reilly Smith
Brandon Pirri Derek Mackenzie Logan Shaw
Shawn Thornton Corban Knight Connor Brickley
Left Defense
Right Defense
Willie Mitchell Brian Campbell
Aaron Ekblad Dmitry Kulikov
Alex Petrovic Erik Gudbranson
Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo
Al Montoya

Scratched: Quinton Howden
Injuries: Dave Bolland (lower body), Steven Kampfer (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (upper body), Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome)

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