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Game Preview: Canadiens vs Blackhawks

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (23-18-4) vs Blackhawks (30-13-4)

TV: RDS, SN 7:00 p.m.

The Canadiens and Blackhawks clash for the second time in four nights, this time at the United Center in Chicago.

In their most recent outing on Saturday night, the Canadiens earned a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues. P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec combined to score for the Habs, who fired a staggering 49 shots on Blues goaltender, and the first star of Saturday night’s contest, Brian Elliot.

In the Blackhawks camp, the NHL’s leading scorer added to his point totals with a four-point night in a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Friday night. After scoring his first career regular season hat-trick, Patrick Kane now has an 11-point lead in the NHL scoring race.

As Mike Condon got the nod in the first leg of the back-to-back games this weekend, Ben Scrivens is expected to start Sunday night in Chicago. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native sports a 1-2-1 record in four career starts versus the Blackhawks.

In addition, Dale Weise - who recently returned after suffering an upper-body injury against the Boston Bruins in the 2016 Winter Classic – played 15:20 against the Blues on Saturday night.

Montreal native Corey Crawford earned the first star honor of Thursday night’s contest with 40 saves on 41 shots, resulting in a save percentage of .975. As the netminder has never suffered a regulation defeat in six career starts against the Habs, it is expected that Crawford will get the call again Sunday night.

Sunday night will be Montreal’s last chance to even the score in the season series, as the Blackhawks came away victorious in the first of two matchups between the teams this campaign.

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