MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.
1. The Canadiens are coming off a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday at home. Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Habs in regulation, and after Carey Price made a heroic save on Jakob Silfverberg to preserve the tie in the dying minutes of regulation, Jeff Petry scored the third overtime goal of his career to give the Habs their eighth win in their past 11 games.
2. With an assist on Suzuki's first-period tally, Tomas Tatar extended his points streak to six games - which means he's hit the scoresheet in every game since returning from the bye week and All-Star break. He has eight points (3G, 5A) in that span, and leads the Habs with 51 points (20G, 31A) in 56 games this season. Suzuki was held off the scoresheet in New Jersey on Tuesday, but he still has seven points (2G, 5A) in his last six, and is fourth in points and tied for third in assists among League rookies with 34 and 23, respectively. Gallagher scored his third goal - which was his fourth point - since returning from injury, while Ilya Kovalchuk, who assisted on Gallagher's marker, picked up his 11th point in his 14th game as a Hab.
3. The game marks another edition of FANatic Saturdays at the Bell Centre. Bottomless popcorn is on offer, while House Band will be offering up musical performances pregame and during intermissions. Fans wearing their Canadiens jerseys can take advantage of 15% off everything in-store at Tricolore Sports. From 5:45-6:45 p.m. Canadiens Alum Yvon Lambert will be snapping pics in the photo booth located by section 114. Finally, one lucky fan will get the chance to shoot for a $50,000 prize at the second intermission thanks to the Coors Light VIP Experience. The game is also dedicated to Hockey Is For Everyone presented by Tim Hortons, celebrating diversity and inclusion in the sport. Sixteen young players from different backgrounds and a sledge hockey player will take part in the national anthems on the ice, and players from the Arsenal du Lac St-Louis Peewee AAA team will take part in a relay race during the first intermission.
4. The Maple Leafs are playing the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday and reversed a two-game slide the night before, although they needed overtime to beat the Ducks at Scotiabank Arena in a 5-4 decision. Newly acquired netminder Jack Campbell made 26 saves in the win, while Andreas Johnsson, John Tavares, Auston Matthews, and Jason Spezza scored for Toronto in regulation before Tavares put it away with 6.2 seconds left in overtime. Matthews Leads the Leafs with 68 points (40G, 28A) in 55 games. This is the third of four meetings between the two teams this season, and the Habs won both previous contests back in October against their archrivals. Their final meeting takes place in what will be the season finale for both clubs on April 4 at the Bell Centre.
5. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on CBC, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet Pacific, and TVA Sports on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. For tickets to the game, click here.