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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Panthers

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (47-22-10) @ PANTHERS (36-28-15)

The Habs are in Sunrise on Sunday for a rare 5:00 p.m. matchup against the Panthers.

The Canadiens will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back shootout losses to the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Most recently, Michel Therrien’s troops were unable to make the Devils pay for their indiscretions, capitalizing on just one of seven power play opportunities despite having a partial 5-on-3 in the third and a full two-minute 4-on-3 in overtime.

Jeff Petry nevertheless impressed in the loss, lighting the lamp for a third-consecutive game – a new career best for the 27-year-old defenseman.

The Habs have not lost to Florida in regulation time this season, owning a 3-0-1 record against the Panthers through four games so far. The two teams last met on March 28, in which Max Pacioretty scored the overtime winner to clinch a Montreal playoff spot.

Carey Price will be back in goal after benefiting from a night off on Friday in New Jersey. The start will be the third for the Anahim Lake, BC native opposite the Cats in 2014-15, entering the contest with a 1-0-1 record and a 1.88 goals against average versus Gerard Gallant’s squad.

Dan Ellis meanwhile could get the start for the Panthers, who are playing a second game in less than 24 hours. Roberto Luongo was in goal on Saturday night against Tampa Bay, allowing four goals on 22 shots.

Aside from the change in goal, Therrien also confirmed that defenseman Andrei Markov will return to the lineup after resting on Friday in New Jersey, while Torrey Mitchell will replace Manny Malhotra up front. Malhotra joins Mike Weaver, Sergei Gonchar and Brian Flynn as the healthy scratches in Sunrise.

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