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Toronto Furies look to stop undefeated Canadiennes this afternoon

Les Canadiennes' undefeated record is on the line this afternoon when they face off against the Toronto Furies for the second half of this weekend's back-to-backs.

Shanna Martin

Les Canadiennes de Montreal were without two of their best players in Marie-Philip Poulin and Lauriane Rougeau last night, but you wouldn't know it, as they handily beat the Toronto Furies 5-1 on the road.

Poulin and Rougeau are in Sweden with Team Canada right now for the 4 Nations Cup.

The absence of two of Montreal's elite talents forced head coach Dany Brunet to shuffle the lines, allowing Kim Deschenes to play on Montreal's second line with rookies Leslie Oles and Katia Clement-Heydra.

Don't be surprised if you find netminder Charline Labonté between the pipes this afternoon; she got the start in both of Montreal's wins over the Brampton Thunder last weekend, and faced few shots yesterday evening as Montreal outshot Toronto 41-11.

It should be noted that the Furies were also without one of their best players in Natalie Spooner, who is also in Sweden along with Poulin and Rougeau.

You can likely expect a similar lineup across the board as you saw last night:

Canadiennes lineup @ Toronto - Oct 31

Charline Labonté
Sydney Aveson

Julie Chu - Karell Emard
Cathy ChartrandCarly Hill
Chelsea SaundersSophie Brault

Ann-Sophie BettezCaroline OuelletteEmmanuelle Blais
Leslie Oles - Katia Clement-Heydra - Kim Deschênes
Emilie BocchiaAlyssa SherrardJordanna Peroff
Melinda PrevostSara LachanceAudrey Morand

It's a 12:15 PM EST puck drop, as Les Canadiennes will look to keep pace with the Calgary Inferno as one of two undefeated teams in the CWHL.