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Game Preview : Canadiens @ Blackhawks

Habs looking for first win in Chicago since 2002

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensMTL /

MTL (13-1-1) @ CHI (10-3-2)

The Canadiens wrap up their two-game, back-to-back weekend in Chicago on Sunday.

It's the first of two meetings this season between a pair of teams currently sitting atop the NHL standings - with Montreal holding a five-point lead on its Original Six rivals.

Goaltender Al Montoya will get his first start for the Habs since a 10-0 loss in Columbus on November 4. The Chicago native holds a 1-1-1 record against his hometown, with a 2.92 goals against average. He should face netminder Corey Crawford at the other end of the ice, who has never lost in regulation in seven starts against Montreal (5-0-2).

Former Blackhawks Andrew Shaw and Phillip Danault, meanwhile, will return to the United Center for the first time since being acquired by the Habs last June and February, respectively.

On Saturday, Shaw (1G-2A) and Danault (1G-1A) both enjoyed multi-point outings, helping boost the Habs to a 5-0 win against the Red Wings. Paul Byron, Shea Weber, and Max Pacioretty were the other goalscorers.

Joel Quenneville's men for their part, are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the Capitals on Friday - just a third home defeat for the Hawks since the beginning of the season.

Nevertheless, the Windy City has not been kind to Montreal over the past decade, where the Canadiens will be looking for a first win since February 27, 2002 on Sunday.

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