MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre.
1. The Canadiens were scheduled to play 14 sets of back-to-back games this season. Tuesday night's game against the Panthers will close out the seventh set. Following the contest, the Habs will find themselves in a similar scenario later on this week when they square off against the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday, before returning home to battle the Philadelphia Flyers in Montreal on Saturday.
2. The Habs began the week with a big win over the Bruins on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston. As a result, Claude Julien's contingent moved into seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with 55 points. For their part, the Panthers sit 13th in the Eastern Conference with 42 points. It will mark the second meeting of the season between the two teams. On December 28, the Canadiens posted a 5-3 win in Sunrise. Antti Niemi will get the start in goal on Monday night. There will be no other lineup changes to report.
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3. Brendan Gallagher is just two goals shy of reaching the 20-goal plateau for a second consecutive season and the third time in his career. After scoring against the Bruins on Monday night, the Habs' assistant captain boasts a team-leading 18 goals on the year, along with 27 points. Max Domi remains the club's leading point-getter, though, with 40 (14g - 26a).
4. The Panthers are struggling early on in 2019, having yet to register a win in the brand new year. Their last victory came back on December 31 against the Red Wings in Detroit. Since then, Bob Boughner's squad has lost their last six games. Their most recent defeat came back on Sunday, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Canucks in Vancouver. Florida still boasts offensive weapons aplenty. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 47 points (12g - 35a). Aleksander Barkov (44) and Mike Hoffman (40) rank second and third, respectively, in that department.
5. Tuesday night's game will mark the fifth of 10 scheduled "University Nights" at the Bell Centre whereby students enrolled in participating universities can purchase tickets in the Coors Light Zone for only $39. The offer includes one Coors Light as well. To purchase University Night tickets, see a list of participating schools, or to become your school's ambassador, click here. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Click here to purchase tickets.