CAPITALS (34-11-6) @ CANADIENS (30-15-7)
MONTREAL - The Canadiens begin their traditional Super Bowl weekend set of two games in as many days on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Washington Capitals to the Bell Centre.
This year marks the 26th time that the Canadiens play host to this set of back-to-back contests to mark the biggest day of the year for the NFL. The Habs have managed to compile a 13-8-3-1 record on the Saturday leading into Super Bowl Sunday. Interestingly enough, the Canadiens were perfect on this weekend one year ago in February 2016.
The Canadiens and Capitals have split their first two meetings so far this season, with the visitor coming out on top each time. In their most recent encounter, Washington came away with a 4-1 win on January 9 in the District of Columbia.
The Canadiens will be looking to rebound from their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
For their part, the Capitals - who haven't been in action since Wednesday - are coming off a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins. It marked their seventh win in their last 10 games.
After missing the game against the Boston, Justin Williams returns to the Capitals' lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Canadiens. The veteran forward had been dealing with a lower-body injury.
While head coach Michel Therrien didn't confirm any lineup changes for Saturday's tilt, he did indicate that Carey Price would be between the pipes to make his third start of the season against Barry Trotz's club. Braden Holtby, meanwhile, should be getting the start at the other end of the rink.