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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Flames

The Canadiens will try to stretch their win streak to seven straight games on Thursday night in Calgary

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl /

CANADIENS (38-21-8) @ FLAMES (36-26-4)

The Canadiens will go in search of their seventh straight win on Thursday night when they battle the Flames in Calgary.

The two teams last met on January 24 at the Bell Centre, and the Canadiens rattled off an easy 5-1 victory.

The Flames, however, are playing solid hockey right now, having won seven straight games while dropping just two games - including one in overtime - in their last 10 outings. Glen Gulutzan's club will be playing its first game since Sunday when they beat the New York Islanders 5-2.

Claude Julien's troops are hoping to remain perfect on their current road trip after posting victories over the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. On Tuesday night, Paul Byron lifted the Canadiens to a 2-1 win in overtime at Rogers Arena. Torrey Mitchell lit the lamp as well.

Video: Byron lifts Habs past Canucks in OT, 2-1

Al Montoya will be between the pipes against the Flames. Brian Elliott will likely be in goal for Calgary. He has a 5-3-1 record in 12 career appearances against the Canadiens.

After going down with an upper-body injury in Vancouver, Brian Flynn will likely be unavailable on Thursday night. Alexander Radulov's status, meanwhile, will be re-evaluated on Thursday morning. The Russian forward has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury.

With respect to Tomas Plekanec, Julien has already confirmed that he won't be in uniform on Thursday night.

The Canadiens will be looking for their third straight win at the Saddledome. They've amassed a 28-21-7-1 record in 57 games in Calgary over the years.

Puck drop is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet East and RDS, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.

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