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Game Preview: Flyers @ Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

FLYERS (7-5-2) @ CANADIENS (12-4-1)

Winners of four straight, the Habs take on the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at the Bell Centre to open a series of six games in the next nine days.

The last time the two Eastern Conference rivals met, the Habs scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation time to force overtime in a 4-3 shootout win on October 11. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau also scored his first of three game-deciding goals in the tie breaker so far this season.

No changes are expected to the Canadiens lineup against the Flyers, as head coach Michel Therrien hinted he could dress seven defensemen again on Saturday. Forward Drayson Bowman, meanwhile, should be a healthy scratch.

Carey Price, who has allowed just two goals over his last three games – bringing his goals against average and save percentage to 2.45 and 0.920, respectively – should get the start in net for Montreal.

The Habs are coming off a convincing 5-1 win against the Bruins on Thursday, in which Max Pacioretty scored a pair of goals while Dale Weise and Lars Eller both registered a goal and an assist each.

The Flyers on the other hand saw their three-game winning streak snapped by the Blue Jackets on Friday in a 4-3 loss to Columbus at home.

Currently ranked second in the NHL in scoring behind just Sidney Crosby, the Habs will keep a close on on Jakub Voracek on Saturday. The Czech forward has amassed seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points since the start of the season on a high-scoring line with teammates Claude Giroux (4-14-18) and Wayne Simmonds (7-4-11).

The Flyers’ fourth-ranked offense has scored an average of 3.21 goals per game so far this year.

The Canadiens will travel to Detroit immediately following Saturday’s game to wrap up the weekend’s back-to-back set at Joe Louis Arena against the Red Wings.

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