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The Habs hit the ice for their first Saturday night game at the Bell Centre since December 12.

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The Canadiens have started 2016 on the right foot, winning two of three games played so far in the new year. With the news that Carey Price will be out until at least February, and the loss of Jeff Petry on the blue line for at least tonight's game, the Habs will need to continue building on the limited success they have created so far since January 1st.

The Canadiens will be playing their first Saturday night home game since a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on December 12. Mike Condon has had excellent performances in his past three starts — all wins — with a .945 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average, and is entering tonight's game is search of a fourth consecutive win.

The Penguins are coming into Montreal having lost two games in a row to the Chicago Blackhawks, first in overtime and then by 3-1 in regulation.  Sidney Crosby has regained his dominant form, putting up points in seven of his last nine games, twelve points in total. This will be Crosby's 31st game against the Canadiens. In 30 games, he has 40 points against the Habs, and had two assists in the Penguins' 4-3 shootout victory the last time these two teams met.

With the injury to Jeff Petry, there have been a number of changes made to the defense. Andrei Markov has moved back to the top LD position alongside P.K. Subban. This moves Nathan Beaulieu down to the second pairing, alongside Greg Pateryn who draws into the lineup for his eleventh game of the season.

Michel Therrien was pleased with his forward lines in Wednesday's victory over the New Jersey Devils. The return of Brendan Gallagher has brought back stability up front. Since Gallagher's return, the Habs' top line has combined for ten points (4G, 6A), taking some pressure off Alex Galchenyuk who has cooled down in his past five games (1G, 1A).

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): TVA Sports
In Canada (English): Sportsnet
In the Penguins region: ROOT
In the United States: NHLN-US
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Sven Andrighetto Alex Galchenyuk Daniel Carr
Lars Eller David Desharnais Paul Byron
Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell Devante Smith-Pelly
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Beaulieu Greg Pateryn
Alexei Emelin Mark Barberio
Goaltenders
Mike Condon
Ben Scrivens

Scratched: Tomas FleischmannJarred Tinordi
Injuries:
Carey Price (lower body) Tom Gilbert (lower body), Dale Weise (upper body), Jeff Petry

Pittsburgh Penguins Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby David Perron
Patric Hornqvist Evgeni Malkin Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl Nick Bonino Bryan Rust
Kevin Porter Matt Cullen Eric Fehr
Left Defense
Right Defense
Olli Maatta Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin Ben Lovejoy
Ian Cole Trevor Daley
Goaltenders
Marc-Andre Fleury
Jeff Zatkoff

Scratched: David Warsofsky, Scott Wilson, Adam Clendening
Injuries: Beau Bennett (upper body)

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