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Game preview: Canadiens @ Penguins

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (3-0-0) @ PENGUINS (0-2-0)

TV : RDS and City Montreal, 7 p.m.

The Canadiens’ extended road trip comes to a close on Tuesday night in Western Pennsylvania, as Michel Therrien’s troops pay a visit to the CONSOL Energy Center to battle the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The CH has gone undefeated in its first three games of the year, most recently downing the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Tomas Plekanec scored two goals in the opening frame, while Torrey Mitchell capped the scoring in the third period. For his part, rookie netminder Mike Condon picked up the win in his first NHL start. He gave up just one goal on 21 shots.

Mike Johnston’s club is still looking for its first victory of the season. The Penguins dropped a 2-1 decision to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Newcomer Phil Kessel scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh, who will be playing their home-opener on Tuesday. Interestingly enough, Kessel is the only Penguins player with a point thus far this season as they were blanked in their first game of the year against the Dallas Stars.

Carey Price will be back between the pipes for the Canadiens. He boasts a 10-10-3 record, a 2.93 goals-against average, and a .908 save percentage in 22 career starts against the Penguins.

Given the recent success of his squad, Michel Therrien will not be making any lineup changes on Tuesday night. That means that Paul Byron will still have to wait his turn to make his Canadiens debut.

Tuesday night’s tilt marks the first of three meetings between the two teams during the 2015-16 campaign. Last season, the Canadiens posted a 1-1-1 record against the Penguins.

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