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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Maple Leafs

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (49-22-10) @ MAPLE LEAFS (30-44-7)

The Canadiens will go in search of a 50th win to close out the 2014-15 campaign in their last game of the regular season in Toronto.

The last time the Canadiens registered 50-plus wins in a season was 1988-89, when Pat Burns led his team to 53 regular season victories before reaching the Stanley Cup Finals that June.

First place in the Atlantic division is also on the line on Saturday night, which the Canadiens can clinch by picking up at least one point against the Leafs. A Lightning loss in regulation or overtime to the Bruins would also solidify the Habs’ spot atop the division.

New franchise record holder Carey Price will get the start against Toronto, giving the Habs netminder a chance to pick up win No. 44 on the season and a fourth against the Leafs in 2014-15.

Jeff Petry will look to extend his current point streak to seven games, having registered three goals and three assists in his past six starts.

No lineup changes are expected for the Canadiens from Thursday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

For their part, the Leafs will officially close out a tough season with their final game of the campaign on Saturday, having failed to clinch a spot in the playoffs for a second consecutive year.

Jonathan Bernier will get the start for the home team. In eight career starts against the Habs, the Laval native owns a 1-5-2 record.

The Canadiens have won all three previous games against their Ontario rivals this season, including a shutout on Bell Centre ice on February 28.

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