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Game Preview: Kings (7-1-1) @ Canadiens (2-6-1)

The Habs will be looking for their second straight win on Thursday night at the Bell Centre

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens are once again meeting up with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night at the Bell Centre, just over a week after facing them in California.

Last Wednesday, the Habs struck first but went on to lose 5-1 after allowing four goals in the third period.

The Canadiens ended their seven-game slide on Tuesday at the Bell Centre after handing it to the Florida Panthers by a score of 5-1. In the win, Shea Weber (2G), Brendan Gallagher (1G, 1A) and Jonathan Drouin (2A) all registered two points.

Video: Canadiens beat Panthers, 5-1, to snap losing streak

Carey Price turned aside 24 of the 25 shots directed at him to earn his second win of the season.

Head coach Claude Julien confirmed that he would employ the same line combinations that bested the Panthers, and that includes a return in between the pipes for No. 31.

On the opposing side, the Kings arrived from Ottawa on Tuesday night after beating the Senators 3-2 in a shootout. Adrian Kempe (1G, 1A) was involved in both regulation goals for his squad and put the game away with the Kings' second shootout goal.

Darcy Kuemper was in the crease for the visitors at Canadian Tire Centre, so it will likely be Jonathan Quick assuming goaltending duties against the Habs.

Los Angeles is atop the Pacific division with a 7-1-1 record through nine games. Their 19 goals-against put them in a tie with Vegas for first place in the League in that category.

Anze Kopitar (6G, 5A) and Dustin Brown (5G, 6A) both lead their team in scoring with 11 points each.

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