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The Habs look to bounce back after a loss in Chicago.

NHL: Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

After the 2014-15 season, it seemed like there were no records left for Carey Price to break. Saturday, Carey Price set an NHL record by being the first goalie to win his first ten starts of a season, and tonight he’ll look to tie a Canadien’s record set almost 90 years ago by George Hainsworth if he can win his eleventh game in a row.

Proceeding a close loss in Chicago on Sunday night, the Canadiens got some much deserved rest yesterday. Despite having to travel to Chicago after a 5-0 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night, the Habs put their all into a close battle with the Western Conference’s best team and almost came out on top. Sterling goaltending was part of their gameplan in that one, and seems to be part of the plan on most nights, however the Habs have been better in possession numbers and on the shotclock in recent games.

Alex Galchenyuk leads the way up front for the Habs, currently on a five-game point streak (3G, 4A). Meanwhile, Shea Weber continues to rack up powerplay goals with three in his last four games. The Habs currently rank 7th in the league in powerplay efficiency, with 11 powerplay goals on 48 man-advantage opportunities.

The Florida Panthers have been on a win-lose-win-lose streak since the end of October (4-3-0 over their last seven games). Fresh off an overtime win Saturday against the Islanders, the pattern may continue tonight, as the Panthers are still searching for consistency and have been off to a mediocre start this season, currently tied with the Leafs for 6th in the Atlantic Division with a 7-7-1 record.

Puck Drop is 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

How to watch

Canada (English): Sportsnet East
Canada (French): RDS
Panthers Region: FSFL
Elsewhere: Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Alex Radulov is sidelined with the flu tonight, so tonight’s lineup is a bit of mix-up:

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Paul Byron Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Sven Andrighetto Tomas Plekanec David Desharnais
Daniel Carr Torrey Mitchell Chris Terry
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Andrei Markov Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Greg Pateryn
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Scratched: Joel Hanley

Injured: Artturi Lehkonen (upper body), Zach Redmond (foot), Brian Flynn (upper body) Alex Radulov (flu)

Florida Panthers Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Jonathan Marchessault Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen Vincent Trocheck Reilly Smith
Seth Griffith Denis Maglin Colton Sceviour
Greg McKegg Derek Mackenzie Kyle Rau
Left Defense
Right Defense
Keith Yandle Jason Demers
Mark Pysyk Aaron Eklbad
Michael Matheson Alex Petrovic
Roberto Luongo
James Reimer

Scratched: Shawn Thornton

Injured: Jonathan Huberdeau (achilles), Nick Bjugstad (broken hand)