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Tje Habs visit the Stanley Cup Champions looking to steal a win on the road

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Following a shutout loss to Detroit two days ago, the Canadiens continue on their road trip tonight with a match up against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions.

The Habs are currently 1-1-0 against Pittsburgh this season, and Montreal's defensive players will have their hands full tonight against the Penguins. The weight will be shouldered heavily on forwards like Tomas Plekanec, Philip Danault and Torrey Mitchell to stifle the Penguins. As well, all the defensive pairings will have to be on point, as the Penguins have star players on nearly every unit. Carey Price hasn't looked himself as of late, but he was fantastic against the Wings and will look to get back to his winning ways tonight.

Pittsburgh is currently sitting at 4th in the Eastern Conference, one point back of Montreal, and are recently coming off a 8-7 thriller against the Washington Capitals. As you know, their roster is chock-full of stars, and they've all been effective all season long. Sidney Crosby currently holds the NHL goal scoring lead with 27 goals on the year, Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick in their last game, and Phil Kessel has done exactly what the Penguins want from him, scoring 42 points in 43 games this season.

The Penguins aren’t without their flaws however, as top defenceman Kris Letang has gone down once again with an injury, and will not be available tonight. Their goaltending carousel continues as Matt Murray gets the start tonight. The situation in the Penguins crease gets increasingly interesting with the up coming trade deadline & expansion draft at the end of the season.

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

In Canada (check your listings): SN1, SNO, SNE, SNP (English), RDS (French)

In the Penguins region: ROOT

Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecenter Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Sven Andrighetto
Jacob De La Rose Torrey Mitchell Brian Flynn
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Nathan Beaulieu Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio Zach Redmond
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Injuries: Injuries: David Desharnais (knee), Greg Pateryn (fractured ankle), Andrei Markov(lower-body)

Scratches: Daniel Carr, Ryan Johnston

Pittsburgh Penguins Projected Lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Conor Sheary Sidney Crosby Bryan Rust
Jake Guentzel Evgeni Malkin Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin Nick Bonino Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz Eric Fehr Tom Kühnhackl
Left Defence Right Defence
Olli Maatta Trevor Daley
Ian Cole Justin Schultz
David Warsofsky Chad Ruhwedel
Goaltenders
Matt Murray
Marc-Andre Fleury

Injuries: Kris Letang (lower body), Brian Dumoulin (jaw), Matt Cullen (foot)

Scratches: Scott Wilson