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CWHL Preview: Battle for first place as Les Canadiennes visit Calgary Inferno

Both teams are 4-0 and tied for first place in the CWHL as they get set for their first of six games against each other.

Shanna Martin

Les Canadiennes de Montreal have dispatched their first two opponents, the Toronto Furies and Brampton Thunder, to open their season, but everyone has had this weekend's series versus the Calgary Inferno circled on their calendars.

On paper (and on the ice so far) Montreal and Calgary are the two best teams in the league. The only question surrounding the two teams is how would they fare against each other.

Both teams will be getting back to full strength with all players returning from the 4 Nations Cup in Sweden last week. Montreal missed Marie-Philip Poulin and Lauriane Rougeau for their two games against Toronto in the CWHL's last action two weeks ago.

Between the two teams, you have 14 Olympians representing three different countries (Canada, USA, and Japan) on the roster. You have the league's leading scorer in Calgary's Elana Lovell, and two tied for the league lead in goals: the Inferno's Brianne Jenner and Montreal's Kim Deschênes.

That doesn't even get into players like Caroline OuelletteRebecca JohnstonHaley Irwin,, one the best women's hockey player of all-time in Hayley Wickenheiser, and one of the best right now in Poulin.

You can expect Calgary's Delayne Brian and Montreal's Charline Labonté to get the starts in goal.

After Ouellette (250 points) and Ann-Sophie Bettez (100 points) had milestone moments earlier this season, Noémie Marin will be looking for career point 200.

If you can't get to Calgary, the game will be streamed live with the CWHL's streaming package at CWHLlive.com. A membership gives you all remaining 28 games live for only $19.95.

Puck drops at 8:15 p.m. ET.