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LAK@MTL: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens welcome the Kings on Military Appreciation Night at the Bell Centre on Saturday

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Bell Centre.

1. The Habs are back at home after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. In the loss, goalie Carey Price was a standout with a 40-save performance, which allowed his team to come home with a valuable point on the road. Defensemen Ben Chiarot and Shea Weber were the only Canadiens to beat Flyers goalie Carter Hart. They are now tied with Victor Mete for the team lead in goals among defensemen with three apiece.

Video: MTL Recap: Chiarot, Weber score in OT loss

2. One major positive to come out of the loss was the way Claude Julien's troops handled themselves on the penalty kill. The Habs were assessed six minor penalties, including a 5-on-3 power play for Philadelphia. After struggling on the PK to start the season, the Habs seem to have found their way back on track. In its last five games, Montreal has killed off 81.3% of his penalties, allowing just three goals in 16 chances. In 16 games in 2019-20, the Habs' penalty kill is operating at a 72.5% clip.

3. 3. Saturday's morning skate saw the Habs' four lines shuffled at the Bell Sports Complex. Jonathan Drouin was on the wing opposite Brendan Gallagher on a line with Phillip Danault, while Tomas Tatar formed a line with Nick Suzuki and Artturi Lehkonen. On defense, Julien confirmed that Brett Kulak will draw back into the lineup, on a pairing with Cale Fleury.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Plenty of line changes in Brossard on Saturday morning.#GoHabsGo

4. The Kings arrive in Montreal to close out their trip to Canada. The California-based squad dropped its first two games in Ontario, first a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. It's been a tough start to the season for Los Angeles, which has a 5-10-1 record. Captain Anze Kopitar leads his team with four goals for 15 points, while Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty are next with four goals and 10 points each.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on City, Sportsnet East, and TVA Sports on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. It's Military Appreciation Night at the Bell Centre, and fans are encouraged to get to their seats for 6:30 p.m. to see the Canadiens wearing camo warmup jerseys in support of the military, just ahead of Remembrance Day. The unique, collectible jerseys will be signed and auctioned off at until Saturday, November 16. For tickets to the game, click here.


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