Game Preview: Canadiens (32-30-6) vs. Sabres (27-33-9)
TV: TVAS, SN 7:00 p.m.
Alex Galchenyuk looks to extend his three-game goal scoring streak as the Habs welcome the Minnesota Wild to the Bell Centre on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old Galchenyuk, presently the NHL’s hottest scorer, brought the Bell Centre to its feet once more with yet another two goal effort in Thursday night’s 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. In the injury department, P.K. Subban has been officially ruled out of Saturday night’s game, meaning his 273 game iron-man streak will be snapped, after the Habs All-Star suffered a neck injury on Thursday night against the Sabres.
Called up from St. John's on Friday, forward Charles Hudon and defenseman Darren Dietz were both at practice on Saturday morning. Hudon formed a line with Paul Byron and Tomas Plekanec while Dietz was paired with Victor Bartley on the back end.
Lars Eller (flu) and Stefan Matteau (lower body) meanwhile will both miss Saturday's game.
In addition, Coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Mike Condon will get the nod again between the pipes after kicking aside 36 of the 38 shots he faced in the win over Buffalo. For the rookie netminder, Saturday’s game marks the 2nd time Condon has squared off against the Minnesota Wild this season.
At the other end of the ice, netminder Darcy Kuemper could be called upon to defend the Wild’s net as regular starter Devan Dubnyk missed the Wild’s last contest with an illness. The Wild also had an iron-man streak of their own broken, as forward Jason Pominville was forced to sit out Minnesota’s clash against the Oilers on Thursday night, snapping his consecutive games played streak at 231.
The Wild hold a 1-0 advantage over the Habs in the two-game season series between the two teams, after picking up a 2-1 victory back on December 22, 2015.