Game Preview: Canadiens (32-31-6) vs. Florida (38-22-9)
TV: RDS, SNE 7:30 p.m.
The Canadiens welcome the Panthers to the Bell Centre Tuesday night, just 24-hours before departing for Buffalo where they will face-off against the Sabres on Wednesday night.
In the Habs most recent contest on Saturday night against Minnesota, the organization needed to make an emergency recall from St. John’s in order to fill the voids in the lineup left by P.K. Subban (upper-body) and Lars Eller (virus). Blue-liner Mark Barberio would score the lone goal for the Habs, while Darren Dietz, called up to replace Subban, suited up for his first career NHL game in Saturday’s 4-1 loss.
The Florida Panthers meanwhile arrive in Montreal after taking on the New York Islanders on Monday night. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov both chipped in with two point nights but the Islanders ultimately came away victorious 3-2.
As the Panthers will be playing their second game in as many nights, Florida could potentially turn to netminder Al Montoya for Tuesday night’s game in Montreal. In three career starts against the Canadiens, the former first-rounder holds a 2-1-0 record with a .921 save percentage.
While the Panthers have the upper hand in the season series thus far, the Canadiens will their chances to even the score, as two of the Habs’ final four contests this season are against Florida.