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Game Preview: Panthers (3-4-0) @ Canadiens (1-6-1)

The Canadiens are looking for their first home win of the season on Tuesday against Florida

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - After a three-game swing in California, the Canadiens are back in action in at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night and will be looking for their first home win of the season against the Florida Panthers.

The Habs had a tough outing on the west coast, going 0-3 on the excursion. On Sunday, they called up forwards Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron from the AHL's Laval Rocket. Scherbak is tied for second in team scoring in Laval with a goal and eight assists in six games. McCarron, for his part, has a pair of goals and as many assists, also in six games. The two call-ups found themselves on a line with Alex Galchenyuk at practice on Monday.

Also on Monday, head coach Claude Julien bumped winger Paul Byron up to the top line alongside Jonathan Drouin and Artturi Lehkonen. Byron has scored a goal in each of his last two games.

Video: MTL@ANA: Byron swats a goal in off the boards

Julien is expected to start Carey Price in goal on Tuesday for the home side. Price holds a 10-4-0-3 record and 1.85 goals-against average in 17 career games against Florida.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are coming off a 4-1 road win in Washington. Prior to that, they had lost three straight games, all to Pennsylvania-based teams - twice to Pittsburgh and once to Philadelphia.

A trio of Florida forwards lead their squad in scoring with seven points: Saint-Jerome native Jonathan Huberdeau (2G, 5A), Vincent Trocheck and Evgenii Dadonov (3G, 4A each).

Netminders James Reimer and Roberto Luongo have each seen action in four games for the Panthers. Luongo was injured in Friday's game in Pittsburgh and was placed on injured reserve the following day, and head coach Bob Boughner named Reimer as his starter on Monday.

Last season, the Canadiens picked up seven of a possible eight points against Florida. After losing in overtime to the Panthers last November, Montreal won its remaining three games of the season series for a 3-0-1 record, scoring 16 goals-for to the Panthers' nine.

Brendan Gallagher (2G, 4A) led all Habs with six points against Florida in 2016-17, and Max Pacioretty was right behind him with five (3G, 2A).

Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on TSN2 and RDS, and will be on the radio airwaves on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.

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