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Game Preview: Canadiens (1-4-1) @ Kings (4-0-1)

The Canadiens will be making their lone regular season visit to STAPLES Center on Wednesday night

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

Less than 24 hours after losing in San Jose, the Canadiens will be back at work on Wednesday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles battling the Kings.

The Habs are coming off their fifth straight defeat, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Sharks in Northern California.

Video: MTL Recap: Drouin, Weber score in 5-2 loss to Sharks

Jonathan Drouin and Shea Weber were the lone goal scorers for Claude Julien's contingent. Carey Price, meanwhile, surrendered four goals on 34 shots against.

By picking up two points against the Sharks, Drouin reached the 100-point plateau in the NHL ranks. For his part, Victor Mete picked up his first career NHL point in setting up Weber's tally.

Al Montoya will be between the pipes against the Kings on Wednesday night. The 32-year-old goaltender hasn't seen game action since taking over for Price during the contest in Washington on October 7. He boasts a 2-1-0 record and a 2.43 goals-against average in six career outings against the Kings.

John Stevens' contingent currently leads the Pacific Division. The Kings will be playing their first game since Sunday when they downed the New York Islanders 3-2.

The Canadiens will undoubtedly have to keep a close eye on Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, both of whom are enjoying strong starts to the season. They've each scored four goals and amassed eight and seven points, respectively, in five games.

The Canadiens downed the Kings in both of their meetings last year. In their lone visit to Los Angeles on December 4, 2016, they came away with a 5-4 shootout win.

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