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Canadiens vs Panthers: Game Thread, Lines, & TV Schedule

The Habs look to clinch a playoff position tonight against the Panthers.

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

While the Habs will be looking to make their entry into the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs official, the Florida Panthers are trying to claw their way in, 3 points back of the Ottawa Senators with one more game played. The Panthers are currently slated as having an 8.3% chance to make the playoffs, and with the recent loss of Nick Bjugstad who is out for the rest of the season after undergoing back surged, the Panther's possibility of making the playoffs seems even more unlikely to materialize.

The Habs are coming off a 41-shot, 56.73 CF% performance on Thursday in Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec stole the game for the Jets, as the NHL's top thief sat on the Canadiens' bench watching his team get robbed. Tonight the Habs face Roberto Luongo who will be in the net for his 5th game after a 16 day layoff due to a lower body injury. Lou has gone 3-1-0, posting a .932 SV% and 1.75 GAA, only allowing more than 1 goal in the lost game to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This is the 4th game of the 5 game regular season series with the Panthers in which the Habs are 2-0-1. The Habs are currently on an 9-game Saturday winning streak, with their last loss on a Saturday coming back on January 10 to the Penguins in overtime.

It appears as though Devante Smith-Pelly will sit tonight as he was not on any of the top four lines at the morning skate.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.

In the Canadiens Region (English):  City
In Canada Canadiens (French):  TVA
In the Panthers Region: FS-F
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais P.A. Parenteau
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Jacob de la Rose Lars Eller Brian Flynn
Brandon Prust Torrey Mitchell Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Nathan Bealieu Greg Pateryn
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Sergei Gonchar, Manny Malholtra, Devante Smith-Pelly
Tom Gilbert (upper body)

Florida Panthers Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Brandon Pirri Vincent Trocheck Jimmy Hayes
Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen Dave Bolland Brad Boyes
Scottie Upshall Derek Mackenzie Shawn Thornton
Left Defense
Right Defense
Brian Campbell Aaron Ekblad
Willie Mitchell Alex Petrovic
Steven Kamper Dmitry Kulikov
Roberto Luongo
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Tomas Kopecky, Steven Kampfer, Sam Brittain
Injuries: Nick Bjugstad (back surgery), Al Montoya (groin)

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