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STL@MTL: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens welcome the defending Stanley Cup champs to the Bell Centre on Saturday

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday night's game against the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre.

1. The Canadiens suffered their first regular season loss of the season on Thursday when they welcomed the Detroit Red Wings to the Bell Centre for their home opener. Claude Julien's troops were unable to mount a comeback this time around and fell 4-2 to the Wings. Forwards Joel Armia and Max Domi were the only goal-scorers for Montreal in the loss, while Carey Price turned aside 33 shots.

Video: MTL Recap: Armia, Domi net goals in home-opening loss

2. Armia kept his hot streak alive on Thursday at the Bell Centre, scoring his third goal in the past two games. The 26-year-old Finn leads the Habs with four points in four games this season. Winger Jonathan Drouin is also riding high, having collected at least a point in his first four games and joins Armia atop the team's scoring list with one goal and three assists.

Video: DET@MTL: Armia snaps a quick wrister past Bernier

3. The head coach presented a rejigged set of lines and D pairings at morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex on Saturday. First off, Brett Kulak will be drawing back into the lineup and will be paired up with Jeff Petry, while Ben Chiarot and Christian Folin will skate on the third pairing. Up front, Jordan Weal and Nick Suzuki are trading places. Weal will play on the right with Max Domi and Artturi Lehkonen, while Suzuki will join the fourth line alongside Nate Thompson and Paul Byron.

Video: MTL@CAR: Tatar trims deficit with solid PPG

4. The defending Stanley Cup champs are in town on Saturday. The Blues remain unbeaten in regulation time so far with a 3-0-1 record through their first four games. St. Louis won their last outing 6-4 against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. 2019 Conn Smythe trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly leads his team with one goal and seven points, while Quebecer David Perron ranks right behind him with three goals and five points.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on City and TVA Sports on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. Fans attending the game will get a free Canadiens scarf, as it's Scarf Night presented by Scotiabank.


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