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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Kings

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (41-18-5) @ KINGS (30-21-12)

The Habs will be looking for a first win on the west coast on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the Habs fell 3-1 to the Ducks in Anaheim, just 48 hours after being blanked 4-0 by the Sharks in San Jose.

Despite the recent setbacks, Michel Therrien’s troops have only dropped a trio of games in regulation time once this season, during another western road trip in early December, losing consecutive games in Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas.

Thursday’s hosts meanwhile are currently in the thick of a battle for a western playoff spot, as the Kings sit just outside of third place in the Pacific Division.

The Flames, Kings and Sharks, ranked third, fourth, and fifth in the Pacific Division, are all within three points of the second place Canucks.

After a shaky start to the season, the defending Stanley Cup champs went on to win eight in a row in February to get right back into the playoff race.

On Tuesday, the Kings halted a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win in Edmonton. Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis each picked up a goal and two assists in the effort.

Therrien has not yet confirmed Thursday’s starting goaltender in L.A., nor whether any changes will be made to the lineup. On Wednesday, newcomers Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchel made their Habs debuts in place of Manny Malhotra and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau.

In one previous meeting this season, Carey Price made 44 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 6-2 win over the Kings at the Bell Centre.

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