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MTL@DAL: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens look to win their fourth straight game, and complete a perfect road trip in the process

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

DALLAS - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday night's matchup against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.

1. What else can be said about the Canadiens' remarkable comeback in their most recent outing in Las Vegas? It really was something special. After falling behind by a pair goals in the third period, Claude Julien's contingent rallied to force overtime before Max Domi secured the 5-4 win in the extra frame. Also lighting the lamp behind Golden Knights starter Marc-Andre Fleury were Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin, Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher. For his part, goaltender Keith Kinkaid registered his first career win with Montreal. He made 31 saves in his third start of the season, and his first since October 20.

Video: Domi scores winner as Canadiens rally for OT victory

2. Following the morning skate, Julien confirmed that apart from featuring Carey Price in goal, he wouldn't be making any additional changes to his lineup. That means that Jesperi Kotkaniemi will miss his second straight game after aggravating a groin injury. In 11 career appearances against the Stars, Price boasts a 6-5-0 record, along with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. This will mark his first outing in Dallas since December 6, 2014.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le gardien partant ce soir. 😄Tonight's starting netminder.#GoHabsGo

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Here are the forward lines and defensive pairings from Saturday's morning skate in Dallas.#GoHabsGo

3. The Canadiens' last Texas visit yielded a very memorable game. It was New Year's Eve - December 31, 2018 - and Danault scored twice in regulation, before Jeff Petry netted the OT winner with friends and family aplenty in attendance to witness the moment for themselves.

Video: Petry scores in OT to propel Canadiens past Stars

4. For their part, the Stars are playing outstanding hockey right now. Jim Montgomery's squad is riding a two-game winning streak, and has emerged victorious in five of their last six outings. On Friday night, Dallas edged the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in the Centennial State. Finnish sniper Roope Hintz, who scored both goals versus Colorado, leads the Stars with nine goals and 10 points in 15 games. Tyler Seguin ranks second in scoring with nine points (3G, 6A), while Alexander Radulov (4G, 4A) and Miro Heiskanen (3G, 5A) sit tied for third in that department with eight points each.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on Rogers Sportsnet, Citytv and TVA Sports, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Following the contest, the Canadiens will sleep over in Dallas before returning home to Montreal on Sunday.

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