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MTL@MIN: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens will be looking to extend their winning streak to three straight games on Sunday afternoon in Minnesota

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

SAINT PAUL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

1. The Canadiens were solid from start to finish on Saturday afternoon in a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center. Paced by a pair of power play goals - and equally stellar play on the penalty kill - Claude Julien's troops completed the sweep of their season series with the defending Stanley Cup champions. Jordan Weal, Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, Nick Suzuki and Shea Weber all scored for Montreal, while Carey Price made 32 saves.

Video: Weber, Price shine in 5-2 victory vs. Blues

This is the Canadiens' second meeting with Minnesota in the last four days. Last Thursday night, the CH blanked the Wild 4-0 at the Bell Centre. Price made 17 saves to post his first shutout of the season. The Wild haven't played since then.

Video: Mete, Suzuki score first NHL goals in 4-0 shutout

2. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid will make his second start of the season for the Canadiens. His previous outing came on October 9 in Buffalo when he surrendered five goals on 39 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Sabres. There will be one additional lineup change as well with defenseman Cale Fleury drawing back into the lineup in place of Christian Folin. Fleury was unable to play against the Blues after suffering a minor injury. For his part, Joel Armia is still out with a lower-body injury sustained during the pre-game warmup in St. Louis.

Video: MTL@BUF: Kinkaid kicks out pad to rob Skinner

3. With a goal on Saturday, Gallagher moved to within just one point of reaching the 300-point plateau for his NHL career. In addition to keeping an eye on that upcoming milestone, Max Domi is riding a five-game point streak with six points (2G, 4A) during that span. Both Gallagher and Domi alike play an integral part in the Canadiens' success with the man advantage, of course, which has been held without a goal in only one game so far this year. Likewise, Julien's squad has scored at least one power play in each of their last three outings.

Video: DET@MTL: Domi cleans up Petry's misfire for a PPG

4. The Wild currently sit last in the NHL's overall standings with just one win and two points in seven games. This is only their second home game of the season, though, so you'd have to expect the energy from their fans to give them a bit of a boost. Former Canadiens forward Gabriel Dumont will make his Wild debut after being recalled from the club's AHL affiliate on Saturday. The Habs have dropped six straight games in Minnesota. Their last win came on March 20, 2011.  

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Following the game, the Canadiens will return to Montreal. They'll enjoy a day off on Monday, before returning to practice and preparing for a tilt against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

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