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Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Flames

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Game Preview: Canadiens (33-33-6) vs. Flames (30-35-6)

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

The Canadiens return to Montreal where a match-up against the Calgary Flames awaits them just 24-hours after taking on the Senators in Ottawa.

In the Habs most recent game on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators picked up two points in the standings with a 5-0 shutout victory. Ben Scrivens did his best to keep the Canadiens in the game kicking aside 39 saves in the loss.

Meanwhile, the Flames arrive in Montreal on the heels of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche. In a thrilling comeback victory Patrick Roy’s troops erased a two goal deficit to force a shootout, after Toronto, Ontario native Freddie Hamilton scored his first goal of the season to put Calgary up 3-1 in the second period.

As Scrivens got the nod against the Senators in Kanata, rookie netminder Mike Condon will return to defending the Canadiens crease on Sunday night at the Bell Centre. Opposite Condon, recently acquired Nicklas Backstrom will get the nod between the pipes for the Flames. The veteran netminder will be making his first NHL appearance since January 13, 2015 when he was a member of the Minnesota Wild.

In the injury department, blue-liners Mark Barberio (concussion-like symptoms) P.K. Subban (upper-body) are not expected to suit up against the Flames. In addition, the Canadiens announced that defenseman Joel Hanley has been called up from St. John’s to join the Habs as part of an emergency recall after Victor Bartley suffered a lower-body injury on Saturday night in Ottawa. Bartley’s status is considered day-to-day.

Lastly, prior to puck drop the Canadiens announced that forward Sven Andrighetto will not be available for tonight's contest due to an upper-body injury. Jacob de la Rose draws back into the lineup to fill the void left by Andrighetto.

When the two teams met for the first time this season back on October 30, 2015 the Canadiens came away victorious to the tune of 6-2.

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