TORONTO - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday night's game against the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.
1. The Canadiens will be looking to extend their winning streak to three straight games when they battle Mike Babcock's contingent at Scotiabank Arena. Claude Julien's troops are coming off a decisive 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, during which Brendan Gallagher led the way with the first hat trick of his career. Gallagher scored his 24th, 25th and 26th goals of the season, while Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Tomas Tatar added the other markers.. That concluded a perfect two-game homestand as the Canadiens downed the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier in the week. Saturday night's tilt will be the first of four straight games the Habs play away from the friendly confines of the Bell Centre.
Video: PHI@MTL: Gallagher polishes off first career hatty
2. Tatar's tally against the Flyers was particularly significant. It was the Slovak sniper's 20th goal of the year, marking the fifth straight season he reached the impressive plateau. According to the NHL's Public Relations Department, it's just the sixth time in franchise history that two players in their first campaign with the club have netted at least 20 markers. Tatar joined Max Domi in that regard.
Video: PHI@MTL: Domi, Tatar connect for goal
3. The Canadiens skated at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday morning. Head coach Claude Julien confirmed that he won't be featuring any lineup changes for the Original Six matchup. That means that Nicolas Deslauriers and Charles Hudon will be healthy scratches up front, while Christian Folin will also be a healthy scratch on the back end.
4. The Maple Leafs were last in action on Thursday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Washington Capitals in Toronto. That stretched their winless streak to three consecutive games. Mitch Marner leads the squad with 69 points, while John Tavares boasts a team-leading 34 goals. The two clubs last met on February 9, with Toronto earning a 4-3 win in overtime at the Bell Centre.
5. Puck drop on Saturday night is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST. You can watch the game on CBC, Sportsnet, City and TVA Sports, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Following the game, the Canadiens will travel to New Jersey where they'll battle the Devils on Monday night at the Prudential Center.