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: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice
Alex Radulov is sidelined with the flu tonight, so tonight’s lineup is a bit of mix-up:
|Paul Byron||Alex Galchenyuk||Brendan Gallagher|
|Max Pacioretty||Phillip Danault||Andrew Shaw|
|Sven Andrighetto||Tomas Plekanec||David Desharnais|
|Daniel Carr||Torrey Mitchell||Chris Terry|
|Alexei Emelin||Shea Weber|
|Andrei Markov||Jeff Petry|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Greg Pateryn|
Scratched: Joel Hanley
Injured: Artturi Lehkonen (upper body), Zach Redmond (foot), Brian Flynn (upper body) Alex Radulov (flu)
|Jonathan Marchessault||Aleksander Barkov||Jaromir Jagr|
|Jussi Jokinen||Vincent Trocheck||Reilly Smith|
|Seth Griffith||Denis Maglin||Colton Sceviour|
|Greg McKegg||Derek Mackenzie||Kyle Rau|
|Keith Yandle||Jason Demers|
|Mark Pysyk||Aaron Eklbad|
|Michael Matheson||Alex Petrovic|
Scratched: Shawn Thornton
Injured: Jonathan Huberdeau (achilles), Nick Bjugstad (broken hand)