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PHI@MTL: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens begin a busy weekend with an afternoon visit from the Flyers at the Bell Centre

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know about Saturday afternoon's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre.

1. Although they tied the game on three occasions, the Canadiens were unable to snap their losing streak against the lowly Devils on Thursday, losing 6-4 to New Jersey at the Bell Centre. Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Artturi Lehkonen scored in the loss, while Carey Price turned aside 29 of 34 shots he faced. It was Montreal's sixth straight loss, with its last win coming back on November 15 in Washington.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: ICYMI: The Habs couldn't get out of their slump on Thursday, losing to the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre.WATCH ������

2. The Habs called up defenseman Gustav Olofsson from the AHL's Laval Rocket on Friday and placed forward Paul Byron on injured reserve. During his pregame media availability, Julien said that Olofsson and Cale Fleury would dress, and that Mike Reilly and Brett Kulak would sit out. The coach announced that Keith Kinkaid would get the start in goal.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Julien a aussi confirm�� que Gustav Olofsson et Cale Fleury seront dans la formation. Mike Reilly et Brett Kulak seront laiss��s de c��t��.Julien also confirmed that Olofsson and Fleury will be in the lineup. Reilly and Kulak are out.#GoHabsGo

3. Lehkonen's goal was his fourth in his last five games, and he's also added an assist in that span. With six goals and six assists in 25 games this season, the Finnish forward is now on pace for a 20-goal, 40-point campaign, which would beat his current career high of 18 goals (2016-17) and 31 points (2018-19). Gallagher, for his part, scored his team-leading 10th of the season, becoming the first Hab to hit double digits in goals in 2019-20.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Tous les Finlandais ont marqu��, ce soir. 🇫🇮All the Finns are on the board tonight.#GoHabsGo

4. The Flyers are riding high right now. They've won four of their last five games, with their only loss during that stretch coming in a shootout. In their most recent outing, on Friday afternoon, they handily beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 at home. Scott Laughton and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist in the win. Only Travis Konecny (8G, 16A) has more points on the Flyers than Couturier's 20 (8G, 12A). Carter Hart made 32 saves for his eighth win of the season.

5. Note: puck drop for this game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on Sportsnet and RDS on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. The afternoon tilt is the perfect opportunity for the second edition of Youppi!'s Mascot Party, which is coming back after being held last year in honor of his 40th birthday and which will feature several of the Habs' furry mascot's friends from across the world of sports. For tickets to the game, click here.

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