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Game preview: Canadiens vs. Penguins

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

The Habs travel to Quebec City Monday night for a preseason tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The contest marks the fifth preseason game for Michel Therrien’s squad and their fourth game in five nights. Winless in their first three preseason games, the Canadiens got their first preseason victory Saturday night when they blanked the Maple Leafs 1-0 in Toronto. Mike Condon, who played the full game for the Habs, made 17 saves to earn the shutout. Dale Weise converted a one-timer off a David Dersharnais pass to score the game’s lone goal.

Several regulars are expected in tonight’s lineup including P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller, Torrey Mitchell and Jeff Petry.

Prospects Nikita Scherbak and Charles Hudon as well as professional tryout Tomas Fleischmann are likely to dress for the Canadiens on Monday night.

Previously sidelined with a lower body injury, Canadiens 2014 1st round pick Nikita Scherbak will play his first preseason game Monday night. Between the pipes, Carey Price will play the full game for the Canadiens.

In the visitor’s camp, the Penguins will rest several regulars including the star trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. In their absence, veterans Rob Scuderi, Kris Letang, David Perron, Pascal Dupuis and Former Canadien Sergei Gonchar will lead the Penguins against the Habs Monday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury gets the start in goal and will be backed up by Tristian Jarry.

The Penguins lost their most recent game 4-2 on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets resulting in a 2-2 record since the beginning of preseason.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

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